We are data and we are only slowly realizing this. The hardware and software that we use for monitoring ourselves is getting more and more sophisticated every day. E-Coaching is getting more popular and the Quantified Self movement is growing rapidly. How does this affects our lives? What personal data do we want to keep for ourselves and what are we prepared to share?
He’s a blogger for Project Leven and a human guinea pig. He investigates how he can live life to the fullest. Can you be a Superhuman? He does this by means of personal experimentation. How can you measure your life and how do all the applications, activity trackers, websites or other gadgets work? In addition, he tries out all sorts of things to test himself. Finally, he has his own blended coffee bar and organizes the Peter Super Lifestyle Summit and the Biohacking Meetups by Permanent Beta.
Tjerk studied Artificial Intelligence and is a serial early adopter and evangelist of innovative technology and services. He likes wearables, Kinect 2, Virtual reality and Elitac’s vibration suit.
He works at VicarVision who created FaceReader (a camera based emotion recognition tool).
He leads some awesome side projects like letting blind people feel emotions with a vibration suit.
In his free time he likes cold showers, mountainbiking and climbing.
Jelte works at Rathenau Institute as a researcher for the Technology Assessment department and focuses on the societal impacts of information technologies such as, face recognition, internet of things, smart mobility, big data and persuasive technology. Jelte started his studies at Utrecht University doing Social Psychology, from there he went on to study Arts policy and management and finally New Media and Digital Culture. He has worked with Mediamatic in Amsterdam and was one of the founding members of the Utrecht medialab called SETUP. He combines the insights derived from psychology and cultural practices to reflect on societal-technological developments.
We Are Data
In the public debate the generation and storage of personal information (data) and associated questions about security and privacy play an increasingly important role. This subject will only gain importance in the near future, as we make technological advances in collecting personal data and using it. During the Masterclass Sandberg/Media Fund in 2014, documentarian Thomas Blom and designer Tijl Akkermans researched the theme of ‘Quantified Reality’. They realised that while we can hardly influence this development of technical innovation, we can make a contribution by creating more awareness about it. To do this we make the abstract discussion about data and privacy more concrete. The MIRROR ROOM will make the subject of data and privacy tangible by confronting people with their own personal information.