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Quantified : Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life - Dawn Nafus


Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life

By: Dawn Nafus (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th March 2016
ISBN: 9780262528757
Number Of Pages: 280
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Today anyone can purchase technology that can track, quantify, and measure the body and its environment. Wearable or portable sensors detect heart rates, glucose levels, steps taken, water quality, genomes, and microbiomes, and turn them into electronic data. Is this phenomenon empowering, or a new form of social control? Who volunteers to enumerate bodily experiences, and who is forced to do so? Who interprets the resulting data? How does all this affect the relationship between medical practice and self care, between scientific and lay knowledge? Quantified examines these and other issues that arise when biosensing technologies become part of everyday life.

The book offers a range of perspectives, with views from the social sciences, cultural studies, journalism, industry, and the nonprofit world. The contributors consider data, personhood, and the urge to self-quantify; legal, commercial, and medical issues, including privacy, the outsourcing of medical advice, and self-tracking as a "paraclinical" practice; and technical concerns, including interoperability, sociotechnical calibration, alternative views of data, and new space for design.

Contributors: Marc Böhlen, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Sophie Day, Anna de Paula Hanika, Deborah Estrin, Brittany Fiore-Gartland, Dana Greenfield, Judith Gregory, Mette Kragh-Furbo, Celia Lury, Adrian Mackenzie, Rajiv Mehta, Maggie Mort, Dawn Nafus, Gina Neff, Helen Nissenbaum, Heather Patterson, Celia Roberts, Jamie Sherman, Alex Taylor, Gary Wolf

About the Author

Dawn Nafus is Senior Research Scientist at Intel Labs and the coauthor (with Gina Neff) of the MIT Press Essential Knowledge volume The Quantified Self.

Industry Reviews

This is a great book for people interested in digital health and self- and other-tracking and contributes to a growing literature. It is a methodological triumph.

-Phoebe Moore, Theory Culture & Society

ISBN: 9780262528757
ISBN-10: 0262528754
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 8th March 2016
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1

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