Each Friday, I share a collection of stories, research, or other news and notes related to the role of feedback in complex systems that catch my attention during the previous week. Most of these I share on twitter when I first read about them; if you have a twitter account, feel free to follow me. If you’re not on twitter, I hope that you enjoy this selection of my favourites; links are provided so you can explore each one fully.
This week’s feature is Quantified Self, an online community for individuals interested in learning about themselves through self-tracking. Quantified Self provides an excellent guide to applications, tools, and other resources to help individuals self-track (support for developing the guide is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneer Portfolio).
Some additional articles, commentary and resources on self-tracking:
- The Measured Life (in Technology Review from MIT, July/Aug 2011), including a list of tools for quantifying yourself.
- The Measured Life Blog (also from Technology Review)
- Know Thyself: Tracking Every Facet of Life, from Sleep to Mood to Pain, 24/7/365 (in Wired, June 22nd, 2009)
- The Data-Driven Life (in the New York Times, April 28th, 2010)
- Commentary on Self-Tracking by Jonah Lehrer on his blog “The Frontal Cortex“