This is the sixth episode in the Algocracy and Transhumanism podcast. In this episode, I talk to Deborah Lupton about her book The Quantified Self (Polity Press 2016). Deborah is a Centenary Research Professor at the University of Canberra in Australia. She is a widely-published scholar. Her current research focuses on a variety of topics having to do with digital sociology and the impact of technology on human life. Our conversation is divided into three main topics: (i) what is the quantified self? (ii) how is the 'self' affected by self-tracking technologies? and (iii) what are the political and social consequences of self-tracking?
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- 0:00 - 0:30 - Introduction
- o:30 - 8:05 - What is the quantified? Is 'self-tracking' a better term?
- 8:05 - 11:30 - Are we all self-trackers?
- 11:30 - 14:25 - What kinds of data are being tracked?
- 14:25 - 16:20 - Who is attracted to the quantified self movement?
- 16:20 - 21:20 - What is the link between self-tracking and gamification?
- 21:20 - 26:10 - Does self-tracking help to promote autonomy and self-control?
- 26:10 - 28:30 - Does self-tracking contribute to a culture of narcissism?
- 32:00 - 43:13 - The metaphysics of the self in the QS movement: reductionism, dualism and cyborgification
- 43:13 - 46:40 - Do the benefits of self-tracking help to normalise mass surveillance?
- 51:00 - 54:00 - The Quantified Self and the Neoliberal State
- 54:00 - 57:30 - Self-tracking and the Risk Society
- 57:30 - End - The involuntary imposition of self-tracking
- Deborah Lupton 'The Digital Cyborg Assemblage: Haraway's Cyborg Theory and the New Digital Health Technologies'