SheÂs Geeky Bay Area 2013, Friday Session 4E
Convener: Kaliya, Wendy
Summarizer: Judy Tuan
Separate google calendar called “p” that’s privateÂ Find it very useful because it’s something I can control, and I canÂ create events on my phone and stored somewhere that’s save and privateÂ (hopefully) and I don’t have to host the service, or save it on aÂ spreadsheet on my own computer that i don’t have access to when I’mÂ out, or on dropbox or something
so i have access to this data. i wanted to write a scriptÂ i could do that month by month and copy this data into aÂ spreadsheet–not what i wanted to do
google api uses oauth to access the google calendar. not too difficultÂ but takes some time.Â got all the dates. kind of wanted to know what is the differenceÂ between each period. i have to convert it into a datetime object inÂ python. dates bewteen dates.
next: plot it.
i didn’t know my average cycle is more than 30 days (not 28 days asÂ some people claim)Â i want it to predict my next period. i want it to send me a text
message that says “bring tampons on this ski trip this weekend” lolÂ i’ve run into this situation before, i’ve run into this before,
“there’s an app for that” lol
tried to search for this. i want to mine my own data, do my ownÂ prediction — other peoples’ algorithms don’t apply to me.Â found out: all the period prediction calendar app web services orÂ whatever require you to put in your last period date and your averageÂ cycle. but how do i know my average cycle if i don’t know it? that’s aÂ very simple algorithm that i’m doing, so there’s a need.Â and i was having fun doing this thing. so i feel that everybody shouldÂ play with my algorithm, or create their own algorithm and apply theirÂ own analysis to that (and not follow my cycle and prediction)
started to dig more into that. while i was exploring that, could beÂ very useful for lots of things, not just periods. could be forÂ headaches (3-5 times a week), or seasonal (is my period data seasonal?
if you plot it you can see that). what if i’ts related to otherÂ things? i train for triathalons, is it related to my race record? if iÂ train more, what happens? etc. or that month, i have a lot of meetingsÂ and i’m stressed out, is it related? dug into that. i like the idea ofÂ mining my own data.
compared to other peoples’ data — i have limited data if i’m lookingÂ at someone else’s data.Â but if it’s my own data,Â i can’t look at it through timeline so i had to look atÂ graph my facebook posts over months and overlap that with my periodÂ cycle to see if there’s any relation. that’s fun.Â i feel that i’m fortunate to have the ability to do this kind ofÂ thing, and i shoudln’t be the only one. and i want to share that withÂ people — i have this method of grabbing my period data (unfortunatelyÂ you’ll have to record your data my way) and then match it withÂ whatever thing you want to look at. there are so many dimensions of things — did i eat a lot of oily food this month? go onto yelp checkins and see what i ate and find out what’s wrong.
i find that it’s a very interesting experience. i want to know whatÂ peole want to see, and what ideas there are for providing this kind ofÂ tool to help people. i’ve written down some important things that people mentioned in the introductions
1. data collection: i don’t want to host a service just for my data,Â but i find that something about google calendar is conveneient for me;Â not necessarily for everybody
2. data analysis: i want it to be personalized. that’s the main thingÂ people want to see — if you want people to invest in this (to fund meÂ to buy servers for this), then what is it that the business does?
people say, “okay, i understand myself” — i heard quantified selfÂ things, like a guy who plotted a heatmap of where he met other guys heÂ had one-night stands with — what’s it gonna do, predict the next one?Â that’s what drives the business model.Â i want a warning message saying “your period is coming.” can youÂ predict the next headache? can you predict the next heart attack? thatÂ would be useful and a big market there.Â that would be cool
3. data visualization – part of understanding the pattern. peopleÂ don’t want to just see a bunch of numbers. you want to plot them –Â bar charts, heatmaps, etc
i want peoples opinions on what are you most interested in learningÂ about yourself that you don’t have the tool of understanding?
one voice says: novel application of period tracking: i have aÂ hormonal iud, which means i don’t menstruate — i spot. towards theÂ end of the life cycle of these things, they break down and you doÂ start to have your period again, so i’d like to track to see if that’sÂ happening, if that’s true.
another voice says: tracking energy level. morning energy, afternoonÂ low energy, why? i have no idea what this comes from. is it connected
to the food i eat? being in the building? working on the computer tooÂ long?
followup: what is the outcome for energy level? rating 1-5 or yes/no?
answer: 1-5. (example: period is yes or no)
ideally, predictive. “hey, time to take a walk, time to walk away fromÂ your computer, time to meditate for a while, time for a caffienatedÂ drink” — “i know your’e going to be tired today at 2pm”
question: do you think that’s something you’re willing to track everyÂ hour? like create an event on your mood calendar that says 1-5?
another voice says: i want something that can easily capture thingsÂ like weather.Â i want a calendar app that will help me structure time that is unstructured
i personally feel like it has to be as minimal energy for me to input stuff.Â right now, i could answer a few questions and put it away. i’m notÂ going to answer “it’s sunny,” and blah blah blah
what about talking to the app? probably a very smart idea. “today it’sÂ very hot, i don’t have the strength to do this” and it captures it.Â voice capturing — accents aren’t good for it though.Â maybe i could use voice to record “5” on my calendar.
so at the moment i answer the question, the phone shoudl remember allÂ of the data it has — the weather at this moment — stamp my answerÂ with all this data.
data access: there’s a lot of data that we’re creating throughÂ ourselves through smart meters. and automative software: cars areÂ going to come
you don’t have the right to download the raw numbers from pg&e –Â they’ve sold that to somebody.
the data that comes from cars: how much of that is going to beÂ accessible to drivers?
i want to be able to access data from my appliances. should i do moreÂ triplinking, or should i get a new refrigerator? how much do theseÂ differenta ctions impact my carbon footprint?Â been talking a lot to people in the medical device field. karen sandÂ has a heart defibrillator. she’s angry because when she goes to herÂ doctor, her doctor can download data about her heart that SHE can’tÂ download herself.
hugo campos in berkeley 0 starting an activist group w/ fda – makeÂ available to patients all the info that’s available to doctors.
there’s a national group called right to repair that, in 2012, got aÂ law passed in massachusettes that: repair shops and car hobbyists who
sign up in some way MUST be able to access all data that manufacturersÂ provide to their dealers.Â this whole question of data freedom is a fascinating one.
google made an api available because they have a data liberation front.Â pge does not have liberation front.
it’s growing: at some point will there be a ceiling monitor thatÂ captures all of our eeg data? do we have to start wearing farradayÂ cages?
last week, on the verge, paul miller was saying with eye trackingÂ software, they’ll be able to track if you’ve read every word of thisÂ ethics document they sent you. lol
in this domain, privacy is very important. not something we want toÂ focus on today because it’s kind of assuming that (well not a greatÂ assumption) but i’m kind of in the technology side of things. i’mÂ hoping that someone else will take care of it kaliya showing diagram: how to rewire data markets that keeps commerce going and re-empowers peopel with their own data.
here’s you and your devicesÂ i want to share data from my washing machine with the washing machineÂ company because i want them to make better washing machines, butÂ there’s a contract that shows what they can do with that data.
personal cloud goes to apps (mmindd), goes to aggregate data (whichÂ goes out to no pii vendors), which goes out to infomediary (out to noÂ pii marketers and vendors), goes to vendors/organizations/groups so we’re not stopping all commerce as we know it either (which is sometimes what you get into with “do not track!” vs “leave business alone!”)
“we hope someone will take care of it” — we have startup members, andÂ also going to start individual membership about the beta and try it,Â driving people adopting this stuff. this is a nice dream but it’s the opposite of what’s going now. we have to build consumer movements about that.
are we happy that they sell our data, as long as we have ?Â or are we not happy that they sell our data at all, we want them toÂ save it for only our personal use?Â may be good to have both: i’ll buy the fitbit with privacy, or theÂ fitbit with sharing. (like pandora with or without ads) wouldn’t you want to know if you had more arrhythmia when you ate more salt?
maybe i want to give my data to wendy so she can find these things forÂ me. even if i haveÂ that’s kaliya’s model — you give it to the intermediary.Â even though the company might say, this is our device, this is stillÂ our data. it’s yours! when it’s in your body, it seems like kind of aÂ no-brainer!
so we all need tÂ would help to make a movement if we all used the same terms.
business + data
we need to give them an incentive to have the data. maybe they save itÂ in a terrilbe wayÂ we had the bugzilla talk before — we need to correlate the bugzillaÂ data with our periods. LOOOLLLLL
do you guys know the resource singly.com? it’s a unified api platform.Â pulling in 3 dozen apis from all our social feeds and health data.Â incorporate data in apps your’e building. also have tools for dataÂ viz. theyr’e in sf. they have quarterly usergroup happy hours at theirÂ offices. very cool. they have vc funding, but not as hip to personalÂ data politically as much as providing data. but it’s a new service.Â another node in kaliya’s diagram k says: “they’re in my startup circle too!”
another company that’s worth checking out is personal.com — you putÂ in data and choose to share it with different people in your life.Â where are you going to put the code to your security alarm code so youÂ can share it with the babysitter? it’s in your “personal” network withings.com — household personal data, share with certain people — we’re getting a demo of it. if you want to come ot the personal cloud meetup, it’s on tuesday in san francisco. we already have 75 people coming.
i would super love it if a ton of women showed up. (attendees list…)Â i think that women are an early market segment in this space and could
make a lot of money. entrepreneurial opportunity where values align.
for me, the issue becomes: after all tehse devices are created, and weÂ as consumers choose to buy these things and get insight, how are we
actually going to attend to all this data? do you really want a dailyÂ message from your scale, along with all your other daily messages?
that stuff is passive. it weights you if you step on the scale, butÂ what am i gonna do with this data? whole question of attention andÂ making meaning out of these data and finding patterns — this is theÂ big thing.attention: how these patterns arrive to us — described as “the experience layer” on your personal data. the next important thing.
just looking at data and having mroe streams of it can actually beÂ going backwards (like with social media overload). how is the dataÂ coming into your life so that you can act on it?
we’ve focused a lot on a palce where ther’es already a lot of data:
calendars, task managers, pieces of paper, whiteboards, stickies,
notebooks — that’s our most personal data. the calednars are notÂ actually owned by us (but we try not to think about it). this is, inÂ some sense, the most personal data which you are accessing (or tryingÂ to access or carrying around in your mind all the time) in order toÂ decide, literally, waht to do next. whether it’s energy, task, orÂ attention, etc.
i’m wanting to share the idea of the product.