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Using Your Personal Data to Change the World

Thursday, April 03, 2014

John Havens highlights the benefits of an examined life in the digital world and illustrates how the fruits of the Information Age can improve our lives for the better. Our digital identity is represented by gigabytes of data produced from tracking your activities on your smartphone and computer, and in Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World, Havens argues that emerging technologies will help us use this valuable data to help us track our emotions to improve our well-being based on the science of positive psychology. 

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John Havens

Comments [5]

jgarbuz from Queens

I'm all for robots and virtual reality so that individuals are not overly dependent on each other and automation can definitely help older people to survive and get around and not be lonely. But most of this obiquitous "social" communications is simply full of nonsense.

Apr. 03 2014 12:57 PM
Ana from NJ

Can you repeat the name of the heart rate app? Thanks!

Apr. 03 2014 12:55 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

All of this nonsense is just to sell silly hardware and software and not to be taken too seriously. Computers and communications is great but how much any of this contributes to "happiness" is debatable. There are people who live in huts in remote jungles who are quite happy without all of these hi-tech toys. And that is what most of this is, high tech toys and junk.

Apr. 03 2014 12:52 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

All of this nonsense is just to sell silly hardware and software and not to be taken too seriously. Computers and communications is great but how much any of this contributes to "happiness" is debatable. There are people who live in huts in remote jungles who are quite happy without all of these hi-tech toys. And that is what most of this is, high tech toys and junk.

Apr. 03 2014 12:52 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

All of this nonsense is just to sell silly hardware and software and not to be taken too seriously. Computers and communications is great but how much any of this contributes to "happiness" is debatable. There are people who live in huts in remote jungles who are quite happy without all of these hi-tech toys. And that is what most of this is, high tech toys and junk.

Apr. 03 2014 12:51 PM

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