Author: Gary Wolf
Family Trajectories: An Interview with Stephen Cartwright
April 5, 2019
Stephen Cartwright has been tracking his location by the minute for more than twenty years, using the detailed records as material for artworks that embody biographical time with a materiality through which invisible forces can be seen.
Help us test the new QS Website
March 28, 2019
Thank you for exploring the new website for the QS community. You are part of a “work in progress” and all comment is welcome and useful. We have a list of small things to fix and a list of bigger improvements to make in the months ahead, but even if you think we already know about the issues you notice, go ahead and mention them anyway. You might have seen something new!
An N-of-1 experiment helps a physician identify the trigger of painful swallowing.
March 25, 2019
Dr. Alexander Smith found the trigger of his throat pain by eliminating a likely culprit from his diet: dairy. He noted that the pain disappeared, and then reintroducing the offending food and noticing that the pain came back. This simple protocol substituted for a much more difficult process that is typically recommended, saving him a lot of time, stress, and money.
The Human Right to Science
March 20, 2019
Over the last year, we’ve been working on the launch of a new nonprofit organization called Article 27, whose mission is to advance the human right to participate in science. Inspired by the achievements of the Quantified Self community, we want to do what we can to help everybody trying to learn about themselves using empirical methods.
Announcing QS18: The Quantified Self Conference
May 29, 2018
We’re thrilled to share the news that, along with our normal wide range of show&tell talks, breakout discussions, and toolmaker demos, this year’s QS conference is going to have a special focus on self-collected data in formal and informal learning. Over the coming months we’ll be developing the program in close collaboration with a wide range of self-trackers and toolmakers. If you’re a student, an educator, or both, we’re especially eager to find out what you’ve been working on.
QS Self-Trackers Conduct the First High Frequency Blood Cholesterol Tests
May 29, 2018
Azure Grant introduces the QS Blood Testers project, showing data that suggests a single point measure may be inadequate for understanding cardiovascular risk. Every participant crossed a CVD risk category by time of day in at least one lipid output, and 80% of participants crossed a risk category based on time of day when only fasting measurements were considered.
QS Symposium on Cardiovascular Health
December 15, 2017
We are organizing a QS symposium on cardiovascular health for scholars and researchers and participants in the QS Community. The goal of our meeting is to support new discoveries about cardiovascular health grounded in accurate self-observation and community collaboration. This one-day symposium will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the University of California, San Diego.
Stay Tuned for QS Conference Talks and Slides
June 28, 2017
We’ve just returned from the latest Quantified Self Conference in Amsterdam and we’re working on the slides and videos of talks to share with everybody. It always takes a few weeks of work to get them ready for posting, so be patient. If you are already nostalgic (or wishing you’d been there) you can check…
Doing Meetings Differently
May 15, 2017
Today we’re publishing the program for QS17: The Quantified Self Conference, which will be held this year at Casa 400 in Amsterdam on June 17 and 18. Looking over the 60+ sessions, I’m struck again by how different our meetings are. We do some things that are contrary to common sense, and we keep doing…
N-of-1- Our Call for Papers
September 14, 2016
We recently announced that we’re collaborating several other editors to edit a special “focus theme” on N-of-1 experiments for the established informatics journal, Methods of Information in Medicine. N-of-1 Call For Papers (PDF) Here’s an extract from our justification for the call: Scientific progress in medicine and public health during the last century has been…
Explaining Nightscout by Lane Desborough
February 23, 2016
Today the New York Times published a fantastic story by Peter Andrey Smith about the Nightscout and OpenAPS projects: A Do-It-Yourself Revolution in Diabetes Care. People with diabetes and parents of kids with diabetes are self-tracking by necessity, and we’ve learned a lot from their talks about their projects at QS meetings and conferences. Their impact is…
Tuning My Brain With Music For Reading, Programming, and Archery by Rocio Chongtay
February 2, 2016
In this fascinating talk Rocio Chongtay shares her novel and thoughtfully designed experiments in using music to adjust her concentration and relaxation depending on what she’s doing. Using a consumer EEG device from Neurosky, Rocio tried different types of music while tracking the relaxation and concentration dimensions identified by the Neurosky algorithm. She had experience…
Finding My Optimum Reading Speed by Kyrill Potapov
January 21, 2016
As an English teacher Kyrill Potapov spends a lot of time working with 12 year old kids who are trying to improve their reading, writing, comprehension, and analytical skills. In this talk, he explores a remarkable method of speed reading, called Spritz, that promises to let you “read Harry Potter in three hours” with full…
Re-Living My Life with Mood Tracking by Kouris Kalligas
January 8, 2016
Kouris Kalligas, a long time participant and contributor at Quantified Self meetings, is the creator of the very easy to use data aggregation service AddApp. AddApp is an iPhone app that makes it simple to gain insights from data gathered on dozens of different devices. While running his startup, Kouris has also been doing ongoing self-tracking experiments….
Daniel Reeves on Frictionless Tracking with Beeminder
January 7, 2016
It’s been an honor to have Beeminder founders Daniel Reeves and Bethany Soule participating in Quantified Self meetings, giving us a chance to watch the evolution of their very useful tool for setting and achieving personal goals. These days they are working on the forefront of device and service integration. In this talk Daniel gives…