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Btihaj Ajana and the Quantified Life

Posted by lostincci on June 30, 2017

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CMCI’s Dr Btihaj Ajana has just made a 13-minute documentary film called “Quantified Life” as part of her research project on digital health and “self-tracking.”

It focuses on Thomas Blomseth Christiansen, who for the last eight years has been meticulously tracking and documenting various aspects of his life and health, ultimately ridding himself of his severe allergies and improving his overall health.

The film captures some of Thomas’ experiences while also providing reflections on the wider implications and ethical dimensions of self-tracking and quantification. Watching it makes you wonder: If your boss gave you a Fitbit, would you really be wise to wear it? See: https://youtu.be/qI75kMqctik

Dr Alana is a Senior Lecturer with CMCI and the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s, and also currently a Marie Curie Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Denmark.

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