Over the years we have been accustomed to the notion of documenting and sharing our lives with ourselves and others. For some people creating scrap or memory books or Excel spreadsheets have become a permanent process in order to quantify or qualify the day to day happenings in their life. Many will consider creating Excel spreadsheets or creating scrap books as a little excessive or simply long and boring but what we fail to realise is that we are logging our day to day journeys without even realising. Things such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter allow us to do keep a record of what we are or were doing on any given day however some of us just don’t think of it that way. More on the flipside.
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Many of the Y&Y team document details of their life that they could pull up with a click of a button, for example I can tell you now that on March 3rd I completed a 2.6 mile run in just over 30mins. Logging such details allow us to review what we do in our lives and sometimes if neccessary make changes to improve ourselves. The guys behind the stamp sized lifelogging camera Memoto have created a documentary entitled Lifeloggers which focuses on the “lifelogging” phenomena and touches on the change in how people understand and remember their lives through self-tracking health devices, logs of daily activities through social networks to incoming technologies like Google Glass and Memoto.
The Swedish firm sent out two film students into the world to explore and document how lifelogging is going to change how we remember our lives, track and monitor our health and find out any possible risks of documenting our lives. The two students, Amanda Alm and Ville Boom, traveled around the world for six weeks interviewing pioneers in the field, entrepreneurs, and lifeloggers.
“We didn’t know anything about “lifelogging” but we soon realized that it’s a trend that will affect all of us…..It was super exciting to meet people like Gordon Bell and Steve Mann who more or less have invented a whole new way of documenting peoples’ lives. What they had to tell about the future was fascinating.” words of Amanda Alm