The quantifiable self: Big data and personal health

Issue #18

Mobile devices are already capturing large amounts of data on our health and activities. We may only be at the beginning of creating the quantifiable self.

Technology is running ahead of our ability to use this data. We have made a start – with nudge techniques to improve health behaviour and modeling techniques improve our predictive abilities – but we are only just discovering what we can do with the growing flood of personal health data. The potential could be huge.