21 May 2019

In a Dutch television broadcast, called Brandpunt Plus, Rob ter Horst, PhD candidate, dept. of Internal medicine, theme Infectious diseases and global health, explains how he records data about himself and what he hopes to find out about himself.

Many devices that we use every day store data about, for example, our sleep rhythm, how many steps we take in a day and what we like to eat. More and more gadgets and apps are being added that even have the sole purpose of generating this type of personal data. Supporters of the Quantified Self movement use these new techniques to construct huge data collections about themselves. They measure their blood and urine values, record their sleep rhythm, measure their brain waves and even their gut flora. Why? To get to know yourself better.

View the broadcast (in Dutch)  here.

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