How lifelogging will become easy and automatic

Lifelogging is dying, right? Gordon Bell, who served as leader of the lifelogging movement since the 1990s, told me earlier this year that he had given it up. A couple of weeks after I dropped the news about Bell, the former editor-in-chief of Wired, Chris Anderson, tweeted that he had quit lifelogging as well. What is lifelogging? Definitions vary. But generally, lifelogging is the automated collection of personal documents, data (including biometric data), photos and videos that can be used later for total recall or preserved for posterity. Some lifeloggers (including Bell) use cameras, either clipped on clothing or worn around the neck on a lanyard, which take photos constantly. In recent years, consumer lifelogging cameras have emerged. But the public is rejecting them. One promising early consumer lifelogging camera,…

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