Thursday, October 25, 2018

Life Cycle of Personal Data and the Personal Dataome

Caleb Scharf has written a pretty interesting essay entitled "The Selfish Dataome" in the October issue of Nautilus. In it he suggests that there is a systemic relationship between the data we produce and the lives we live. He observes that, as we live, we produce data. It's expensive. And there's a lot of it. How does it affect us? Is it worth it? How would we know? He asks the question: "Does the data we produce serve us, or vice versa?"

Interesting. Reminiscent of "The Selfish Gene". Perhaps our bodies, families and societies are only here to propagate our data as we are to propagate our genes?