[ExI] Personal BIG Data - How much?

natasha at natasha.cc natasha at natasha.cc
Wed Sep 2 21:06:54 UTC 2015

Excellent categorizations. All! - 


Thank you,




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From: extropy-chat [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Adrian Tymes
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On Sep 2, 2015 12:19 PM, <natasha at natasha.cc> wrote:
> Your electronic information emitting from you through your devices.

A meaningless statistic, without standardization of measurement.  Put another way, any answer we could give would be wrong, possibly dramatically so, by some other measurer.

Uncompressed or compressed (and if so, by what algorithm)?  What format?

Active transmissions only, or does in-response stuff like RFIDs count?

What counts as "your" data?  The position of each device (which may or may not correspond to your location)?  Monitoring telemetry you don't care about and might not even know about?  Third party data you are merely relaying?

What counts as your devices?  Your car?  The cab/bus/et cetera you always ride to and from work?  A pager lent to you for some minutes by a restaurant so you know when your order's ready?

Given your phrasing, presumably electronically detectable data coming from your body itself, without use or need of electronics to emit this data, does not count...or does it?  (Any implants you may have being another matter.)

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