A Life, Analyzed

Stephen Wolfram has collected data on his daily life for a long time, and having analyzed some of it, written a fascinating blogpost.

Every day—in an effort at “self awareness”—I have automated systems send me a few emails about the day before. But even though I’ve been accumulating data for years—and always meant to analyze it—I’ve never actually gotten around to doing it. But with Mathematica and the automated data analysis capabilities we just released in Wolfram|Alpha Pro, I thought now would be a good time to finally try taking a look—and to use myself as an experimental subject for studying what one might call “personal analytics”.

It’s certainly not for everyone, but it’s an interesting read. Google, and companies like them, have started to show how powerful massive amounts of data can be when combined with intelligent tools. I suspect we’ve only just scraped at the surface.

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