“Del registro a la perspectiva”, Laura Marajofsky, MedHelp, Quantified Self, “medición de la vida cotidiana”, “esquema de gestión personal”, “"cruzar" información “, “cruza de información”, “análisis integral de situación”, optimización de recursos personales, “From records to perspectiva”, measurement of life, crossing information, integral analysis of situation, optimization of personal resources, The Data-Driven Life Gary Wolf The New York Times, Lapses Allowed Suspect to Board Plane Scott Shane The New York Times.
There is a range of things that we do not see every day, which are far beyond our observation power. These blind areas of ourselves, of culture, seem to be the reason of so many daily mistakes and miscalculations. Now then, what would happen if we could take notice of the phenomena that seemed imperceptible to us before, if relying on technology we could evaluate our reality more precisely? Is the lack of information the problem, or is it something deeper related to what we are not trained to see?
In recent years, a predilection to thoroughly register many of the variables of our lives has begun to come into sight (from aspects related to health, sleep, sex, mood, productivity and even spiritual wellbeing), for then arising to conclusions on these matters. A recent NYtimes' article deals with this tendency, explaining the attraction that certain sites like MedHelp or the Quantified Self project generate. Thus, techniques previously reserved to areas purely related to labor or corporate matters, started being used in other scenarios so as to monitor our own habits.
Even though it is possible that keeping track of our diet, for instance, may raise awareness of how we eat, illuminating those areas that many times remain in shadows between inertia and ignorance, it seems that something more is needed in order to boost a significant change.
It is clear that a spirit which seeks to minimize the probabilities of making mistakes by gathering and analyzing data, by trying models and testing their effectiveness, is welcome, especially in a cultural context that many times promotes the opposite- fostering naturalizations and stimulating dogmatism. It’s just that in a world that becomes more and more complex and that puts into our hands numerous technological tools -some of them misused in comparison to others, for instance, Facebook & cía- it is of the utmost importance to have a personal management scheme which allows us to administer resources (time, energy, inspiration, social contacts) in the best possible way.
However, all these lists and measurements become useless if we are not sure of what we are looking for or trying to prove, a strategic life plan which connects these inquiries with the way in which we project ourselves. Without this, every meticulous record that could be done lacks sense and simply becomes an empty case.
The proof that having the means and the capacity of processing do not generate intelligence in itself, arises from observing the way in which big organizations or government entities sometimes perform their activities, by making mistakes as if taken from a comedy. Without going any further, forces of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security almost let escape a suspect who was easily leaving the country after the frustrated attack to Times Square last week. This is a tiny sample of the increasing difficulty (either on the institutional as well as on the individual level) to match information and carry out an integral situational analysis.
It happens that if we are not willing to see certain matters, it is even harder for us to contemplate them in our calculations and musings. Waking up in the morning and doing a specific job, choosing a certain relationship, studying something. All these things have a cultural background, whose impact in everyday life is something that we generally fail to recognize.
Here lies the paradox, we have more and more tools to measure and think about reality, but we find it extremely difficult to honestly and consciously evaluate the way in which we live.
The fact that this progressive trend towards a more exhaustive assessment of the world may encourage a responsible attitude towards our own life, or may help us build virtuous dynamics that allow us to question old models and propose new ones, still remains in suspense; nevertheless, it could at least let in some light beams that may gradually brighten those things which we are not used to looking.
Me pareció interesante tu viewpoint. Expresa de manera clara y sencilla la paradoja de tener el acceso a mucha información y la no tan explotada capacidad de hacer inteligencia con ella de algún modo.
El ejemplo del sospechoso por el intento de atentado en NY me sorprendió un poco. Me parecía que se venía hablando de cuestiones más caseras, y de pronto vemos que estos menesteres también fallan a niveles supuestamente más profesionales... Está bueno pensarlo así, notarlo así, y da para pensar más ejemplos así como estrategias para que no se nos escapen cosas tan simples pero complejas (así es la complejidad muchas veces, simple) como las que también nombrás: decidir un tipo de relación, hacer un trabajo en particular, etc.