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Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life

Dawn Nafus


Today anyone can purchase technology that can track, quantify, and measure the body and its environment. Wearable or portable sensors detect heart rates, glucose levels, steps taken, water quality, genomes, and microbiomes, and turn them into electronic data. Is this phenomenon empowering, or a new form of social control? Who volunteers to enumerate bodily experiences, and who is forced to do so? Who interprets the resulting data? How does all this affect the relationship between medical practice and self care, between scientific and lay knowledge? Quantified examines these and other issues th ... More

Keywords: Quantified Self, Self-tracking, Wearable technology, Biosensing technology, Data, Data interpretation, Consumer health, Privacy, Personal Genomics

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262034173
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034173.001.0001


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Dawn Nafus, editor

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