Making art out of the data of everyday life

For followers of a growing self-discovery movement, the quantities in our lives can say a lot about its quality—and be transformed into art.


People have been tracking personal data for as long as there have been devices to measure it, but quantified self didn’t begin until 2008, when Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly, two editors at Wiredmagazine, realized that technology was making it easier and cheaper to track personal data. Smartphone apps not only can record your location, how many steps you take each day, or how much you toss and turn when you’re sleeping, they can also export the data into spreadsheets and charts and graphs so you, the user, can make sense of it.

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