SXSW Interactive 2014

The Human App Instrument

Cutting-edge devices and applications allow users to self-track their daily lives like never before. The routine measurement of fitness levels, sleeping patterns, diet, performance, productivity, and countless other metrics combined with seamless analytical interfaces can provide an individual with a comprehensive personal record of their quantifiable self.

Using new wearable technologies and open software interfaces, how can we go from the current fragmented and often overly simplistic model of self measurement into a model that synthesizes that disparate data into a more holistic assessment of your behavior?

The next step is using the aggregated data to assist health care providers, regulators, insurance companies, and lawmakers in their efforts to reduce health care expenditures and provide services to the individuals and groups who need it most. Our goal is to dramatically change the way we monitor, aggregate, understand, predict and prevent health related issues.

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  1. What is quantified self?
  2. Who are the industry leaders in self tracking hardware and what software exists that gives you the ability the aggregate your self tracking to give you a more holistic understanding of your personal metrics?
  3. How can we use aggregated quantified self data to predict large scale health issues and problems?
  4. What are the broader implications from the predictions of these outcomes? As in, how can we use aggregated quantified self data to reduce health care spending, prevent and cure diseases, and increase health and wellness?
  5. What type of concerted effort is needed for our vision to become reality and how do we get there?



Sean Killian, Marketing Director, Atomic Axis

Meta Information:

  • Tags: mobile, apps
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Health and Medicine
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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