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Tap to write history: Our digital legacy

April 19, 2013

Tap to write history: Our digital legacy

These are the slides for my talk at MMConf (http://www.mmconf.com/speakers#aitor_garcia_rey). As usual they are not very useful when stripped of context & diatribes. Eventually a video of the talk will be published and this description will be updated.

Initial abstract for the talk:

# Tap to write History

### Abstract

For the last 5.000 years, humans have been keeping written records of small and big events but for most of this time span creating and storing them has been expensive, difficult or even dangerous. In 2013 even the smallest details in the life of an average teenager will be recorded with higher fidelity and thoroughness that the one used for detailing Gengis Khan's conquests, and everything thanks to the mobile, the basic enabler of these hyper-detailed life logs.

Which are the implications of the quantified self from a historical perspective? Is all this data more resilient than a medieval parchment?

I'd love to talk with you about it.

### Extended description

I'd like to discuss the topic of the quantified self from a historical perspective and the impact of mobile devices in the increasing amount of biographic data everybody is collecting in different apps and networks.

I would like to expand in a few different vectors for:

* Abundance: Are more data points increasing the quality and correctness of our narratives by mere brute force or can we construct with them new historical tools?

* Perdurability: Is the information we're generating better prepared for future analysis and long-term storage than other technologies we've used in the past?

* Ubiquity: The tools for creating biographies and tracking our position, food and social engagements are now cheap and in the pocket of millions, even in developing countries. Will we be able to discover to more relevant signals or just an incredible amount of noise?

And connect each one of these points with historical data to put them in context. Finally I'll add some examples and recommendations on how to improve mobile apps and data resilience for the future.


April 19, 2013

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