The Future of Self-Knowledge


Jessica Charlesworth’s blog has a fantastic title: The Future of Self-Knowledge. Jessica is a designer and researcher based in London, England. She has developed several interesting tools for taking a somewhat quantified, analog peek into your future.

Crowdsourcing Your Future is a postcard that you send to your friends to have them predict your preferable and probable future timelines, so you can take action to follow or avoid certain futures that your friends see for you.

Personal Microtrends is a daily diary that asks provocative questions and suggests behavior changes for the next day to continue or alter trends depending on your goals. Jessica says,

What if you could create a self-reflective diary that made use of
our everyday thoughts to provoke us in such a way that you were able to
change your future actions?

The Microtrend Diary
is a mirror of your daily actions and emotions that reveals provocative
ways to alter your future actions.

This personalised diary is printed to order based on a set
of preliminary personality questions. As the owner makes a daily record
of their actions, a unique set of provocative aide memoirs are revealed
under a perforated flap that suggest changing your behaviour in certain
ways for the following day.

Right now Jessica’s diary is just at the concept stage, but the idea of looking at microtrends in your daily life, based on whatever data you collect, could allow self-quantifiers to spot patterns and make any needed changes on a more granular basis. It’s like rapid prototyping for self-experimentation.

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3 Responses to The Future of Self-Knowledge

  1. margie morris says:

    very nice! i’d love to try this out.

  2. redcat says:

    This is fabulous! Also I think it is crucial to add a couple of questions like: have you flossed this week? and have you thought of Evolution the Universe this week? and have you done any spying on your neighbors recently? or have you pissed someone off this week? not to forget “did you call your mum?” question …

    • Thanks Redcat for the great suggestions – almost 5 years later I find this post! Been on the back burner but tech capabilities and access has increased so much so that I need to get this app out there and see if it is still relevant as a critique on the reliance and worship explosion of Big Data and QS data! Exciting

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