Extreme life logging

If you had the ability to do perfect life logging, would you? In particular, if there were a technology that allowed you to create a holographic 3D movie of you day, from beginning to end, down to the smallest detail, do you think that would be a good thing or a bad thing?

I can see how this would be convenient. You could jot down notes and immediately discard them. You could go back even years later and see whether you took care of any given task on any given day. You could properly monitor your exercise and diet, or really anything else of interest to you.

There are so many useful possibilities here. Assuming, of course, that the technology exists to support all this.

But putting aside the technical hurdles, I wonder how we would deal with the privacy issues. It’s one thing to take a selfie with your phone, it is quite another to have every aspect of your existence existing somewhere as a detailed digital record.

I suspect that in a world where such extreme life logging had become widely adopted, people might need to be a much stronger layer of personal and verifiable data security. And even then, I’m not convinced that this would all be a good thing.

One thought on “Extreme life logging”

  1. It’s happening, but it’s gonna be a source of ongoing controversy when people object to being captured in other people’s life logs. Like the Glass-hole phenomenon. Maybe you’ll need to be able to centrally opt-out of your essence being captured on logs.

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