Stuart Calimport, Co-founder of The Human Memome Project spoke about his own personal self-tracking experiments that both led to the creation of The Human Memome project, and are a more extensive version of the meme and health surveys in the current crowdsourcing project ‘1000 Memomes’.
Stuart is interested in engaging researchers and the public to develop a culture of asking ‘What is the relationship between ideas, text-data, behaviours and health, and how can knowledge of this relationship lead to dramatic increases in longevity through self-quantification, self-improvement and innovation?’. He is also interested in showing others his own personal experiments, questions he asks himself, and self-improvement practices so that others can question their limitations, thoughts and behaviours and implement similar practices to increase their health and longevity.
The Quantified Self Europe 2013 conference was an excellent community and platform to discuss self-tracking, citizen science, crowd sourcing and ways we can understand ourselves, our health and others. The Quantified Self website features many self-tracking tools to help with productivity, wellbeing and health.
The major focus points were:
1) The potential for combining health and text/language data to make informed lifestyle decisions for longevity
2) Discussion of how best to utilise social and health data to make a difference in people’s lives through participation, personal experimentation, tools and services
3) The initial successes of The Human Memome Project including sampling from varied demographics, global participation. and the preliminary analysis of health and text-data showing that word frequencies can be linked to self-health reporting and longevity predictors.
The slide deck for the presentation can be found here: