Blog 18 | Future of self-tracking and our consumer’s data

Future of self-tracking and our consumer’s data



Regardless, we’re accustomed to being followed on the web. We’re sharing information—in that freeway where “sharing” means accomplishing something that some way or another adds another information indicate a server some place—constantly. Furthermore, retailers have been in the information gathering amusement for quite a while. The more they can gather about clients, the better they can promote, change nature, and persuade you to purchase things. With regards to following customers, online stores like Amazon have a favorable position, however physical organisations—like retail chains and markets—are attempting to keep up. What’s more, in the process they’re amping up their client reconnaissance.

Self-GPS beacons indicate a future in which people will be more required in the administration of their wellbeing and will create information that will profit clinical basic leadership and research. They have in this manner pulled in energy from medicinal and general wellbeing experts as key players in the move toward participatory and customized social insurance. Pundits, in any case, have started to express various more extensive societal and moral concerns with respect to self-following, foregrounding their teaching, and weakening impacts.

As Stephen Wolfram’s says in his essay

“One day I’m certain everybody will routinely gather a wide range of information about themselves.”

Shockingly, a significant part of the way we discuss our interests in our own information depends on chronologically erroneous analogies to the physical world. We intuitively say, “I ought to claim my information.” But “proprietorship” over information proposes that we keep others from it—and that doesn’t adjust to the substances of how effectively information is duplicated and exchanged. We’re utilizing applications and sensors to make the information, and sending it off to cloud servers keep running by firms with a legitimate claim over the expansive scale datasets they are helping co-make. Security rights, as well, overlook what’s really important. Security is a negative right—it obliges others to allow you to sit unbothered. Be that as it may, the greatest agony point for QSers is not keeping other individuals out; they are attempting to make utilization of their very own information.

Likewise, what sort of information? Simply that which we’ve effectively picked into making, or does it grow to the more shrouded, uninvolved, value-based information? Will firms practice control over the line between where “crude” information ends up plainly handled and consequently restrictive? On the off chance that we can’t start to characterize the information portrayal of a “stage” in a movement tracker, in what manner will we institutionalize access to that data?

Making information accessible in usable organizations additionally, presents the potential for versatility, and with it new levels of rivalry in the market. However, genuine versatility will test to accomplish—exclusive gadgets will make it difficult to exchange development starting with one action tracker then onto the next.

Essentially, yet another defender of self-following in wellbeing separated from information require everybody to take part in it and see its value.

Do you track any part of your life? Has it had any kind of effect?




Blog 17 |Why Tracking

I’ve learned about tracking and became more interested in trying out one day. In chapter 3, the author talks about some of the purposes why people do self-tracking. One of the reasons for why people do it is, according to the author is “cultivating a habit” (70). Almost every day I think about doing changes to my schedule. For example, if I do something and the results aren’t satisfying, I try to come up with solutions. I sometimes see myself inventing new ideas just so I improve and won’t repeat the same mistakes that I did unintentionally. Hacking my habit would save me time and come up quick solutions to my problems. For example, one of the habits I want to change is leaving early from my house in order not to pay parking. Morning classes cost me money to attend and I need to change that habit. If I had the ability to track myself, I would have changed that first.

What are some of your habits that you want to stop? Are you planning on sharing your tracking to your doctors?



Self-Tracking | GINA NEFF AND DAWN NAFUS 2016 |chapters 3 & 4

Blog 16 |Benefits of self tracking


Technology has improved and self-tracking devices became more sophisticated and became more friendly to the general public. Clients who use the tracking, use it to monitor their sleep, food intake, the times they exercise and many other things that help them medically.

Self-tracking have made big changes to a lot of people especially older people. For example, they report their own experiences in using them. After recording their date, they tend to discuss with their doctors in order their lives to improve.


Neff, G. & Nafus, D. (2016). Self-Tracking. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Blog 15–Chapter 7 |Greengard

I believe the Internet of things will increase and will have many advantages. It’s possible that there will some disadvantages in the future but most likely the benefits will outweigh the problems. As Technology advances, our lives will be healthy and productive. We will be able to solve problems together through our advanced technology. More objects, cars or things will be connected which they all become smart devices. The more smart devices we have, the better we will have answers to our problems. The bigger problem we’ll face is privacy and data sharing.


  1. Who owns the normal people’s date?
  2. How do minorities view the internet of things?



Greengard, Samuel. The internet of things. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Introduction, Chapter 7

Blog 14 |Chapter 5 & 6

“Just having the information is insufficient. Information is just as valuable as how it is investigated and deciphered to roll out a positive improvement. “

The extension of huge information and the development of Internet of Things (IoT) advancements have assumed an imperative part in the attainability of smart city activities. Big data offer the potential for urban communities to get significant bits of knowledge from a lot of information gathered through different sources, and the IoT permits the joining of sensors, radio-recurrence recognizable proof, and Bluetooth in this present reality condition utilizing exceptionally organized administrations. The mix of the IoT and Big data is an unexplored research range that has brought new and intriguing difficulties for accomplishing the objective of future keen urban communities.

Numerous urban areas don’t have the assets important to gather, break down and translate such enormous measures of information in significant ways. In creating urban communities, actually operations are clumsy and data extract is as yet a substantial manual.


* The best practice for this is appearing as setting up an operations focus. Here, city directors can get to information continuously streams and city administrators can frame dynamic groups of enthusiasm around occurrences as they happen. Information is taken advantage of to give joint effort, situational mindful decision making (CSADM) abilities to satisfy the goal of adjusting the resident.

What’s more, subsequently prompting a shrewd framework, brilliant infrastructure, keen structures and thus smart cities.

* One other approach to give such stages is to depend on Cloud Computing and use the many focal points of utilizing cloud administrations to bolster savvy city huge information administration and applications.

Keen city and enormous information administration are two current and vital ideas; along these lines, many began coordinating them to create brilliant city applications that will help in building smart buildings, transportation facilities, security frameworks smart cities, and clever administration of brilliant city assets.

Fabricating and sending effective huge information keen city applications will require tending to the difficulties and open issues, taking after thorough outline and advancement models, having all around prepared HR, using recreation models and being arranged and very much bolstered by the overseeing substances.




Greengard, Samuel. The internet of things. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Introduction, Chapter 5 & Chapter 6

Blog-13 |Technologies change our thinking

Innovations and digital technologies are moving fast pace. My thinking is overwhelmed in reading chapters three and four. While smart devices are being created, some people are not aware of it or do not feel comfortable using them.

A real experience that personally occurred to me was, a year ago when I traveled to Saudi Arabia for a two-week intensive Islamic Studies seminar. The day I landed with a group of other people, we started going straight to one of holiest places. We were about twenty people. Ten minutes of reaching the place, my group and I were separated. The feeling you get when you’re lost in a country you’ve been for couple of hours. It was an intense experience! I was lucky that my Verizon network was working at the time. I had the hotel’s number and managed to get the address. I took a cab and headed back to my hotel. Once I arrived, I started to change my clothes and wanted to go back but the hotel’s receptionist advised me not to go. He knew I was new to the country and couldn’t believe me that I’m going to a place that’s thirty minutes away from where my hotel is at. He feared that I’ll get lost again. I told him calmly that I’ll not get lost again. He was astonished for me to say that. I convinced him finally of why I’ll not get lost again. I told him that I have a smart phone that has a GPS. I explained to him what GPS is and what it does.



Where are we heading to since innovation and technology are advancing?

Where do animals fit when humans create smart devices?

Greengard, Samuel. The internet of things. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Introduction, Chapter 3 & Chapter 4

Blog 12 | The Internet of Things

Introduction, 1 & 2 chapters.

I’m glad to say that my believe about “the internet of things” was limited. Since taking this course, I’ve happy that my knowledge about how technology works and especially the internet of things is increasing.

I used to believe that IoT is the next generation technology. That just .com time, it’ll one day be like that one day.

IoT is the interconnected things of network. It consists three things. They are the hardware, software and the communication Infrastructure.

Discussion Questions

  1. How will our work productivity going to be?
  2. What will be some of the challenges  we’ll face?




Greengard, Samuel. The internet of things. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [Introduction, Chapter 1 & Chapter 2

Blog 11 Chapter 4 to the end | Rhetoric by Richard Toye


In my personal opinion  rhetoric in general was different years ago but today after two great wars, It’s misused against powerful or non-powerful people and countries. One of the things that made it differently is the creating of the technology. Some of the early country leaders too rhetoric seriously and the population of their audiences.

Technology came uncontrollably and over all easily influenced the rhetorical behavior. Over the years, I didn’t comprehend what was the term rhetoric was really about until I took this class. The use of rhetoric language increased drastically especially during United States’s election season. There are at times where you start to question a speaker’s true intentions and honesty. This leads public figures to be too scripted to confuse or disrupt citizen’s needs.




Toye, Richard. Rhetoric: A very short introduction. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Chapters 4 & conclusion


Blog 10 |Rhetorical Analysis

A Rhetorical analysis refers to the way toward Dissecting a Content given source or Ancient rarity. The content, source, or Artefact might be in composed frame or in some unique kind of correspondence. The objective of an expository investigation is to think about the reason, group of onlookers, classification, position, and media/outline of the given logical circumstance. As such, the examination investigates not just what everything implies in the given source (content), additionally why the creator expounded on it (the reason), who the creator is (foundation), how the piece was composed (structure), where as well as when it was distributed (discussion), and the planned message passed on to the group of onlookers.


Sensitivity is the first and significant stride in an rhetorical analysis. With a specific end goal to make a sensible and intelligent investigation, you have to apply basic perusing aptitudes to a content, given source, or antique that you expect on breaking down. For instance, when understanding, you can separate the entire content into a few sections. At that point, attempt to figure out what the essayist is endeavouring to accomplish with the message they are passing on to a foreordained crowd; then work to recognize the written work procedures s/he is utilizing. Once the content, antique or given source has been completely dissected you can decide if the proposed message was successfully imparted.


What’s more, sensitivity is the essential concentration while rhetorical examination, as it breaks down:

* What is the subject?

* Who is the target group?

* What is the author’s motivation?

* What is the tone of the content?

* What techniques does the author use to build up his/her thoughts?

* What design does the creator use for the course of action of thoughts?

* What is the proposal (the general fundamental point)?


Perusing basically does not just mean being moved, influenced, educated, impacted, and convinced by a bit of keeping in touch with; it is substantially more than that. It alludes to dissecting and comprehension of how the written work has accomplished its impact on the gathering of people.


Toye, Richard. Rhetoric: A very short introduction. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Chapters 2 & 3

Blog 9 | The Rhetoric

The first two chapters of the book covers more in depth about the rhetoric knowledge and its history until the late nineteenth century. Going and reading through the pages, I’ve realized that what rhetoric is all about. Before I read the book Rhetoric A Very Short Introduction by Richard Toye, my general knowledge of the term itself was limited. Introduction and the first chapter talk about its use of the term rhetoric. It doesn’t endorse the use of it or doesn’t tell you what language to use. My understanding was that rhetoric can’t be used in all fields but sometimes it’s needed to use at some point.

The first video that talks about Aristotle is important. He teaches important lessons about life and I may not agree with him everything he believes in. The second video about Michel Foucault is more interesting to me. The family he was born and the struggles he went through. One of the things I agree with him is that he wanted to improve things from the past using his vast knowledge on philosophy and history.


Toye, Richard (2013). Rhetoric: A very short introduction. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. [Introduction & Chapter 1]