Video Title: Alex (Sandy) Pentland, director of the Human Dynamics Group at MIT, describes Reality Mining.
Description: "Alex (Sandy) Pentland, director of the Human Dynamics Group at MIT, describes a future in which cell phones log data about their owners' behavior. He reasons that this data can be used to strengthen social networks, generate recommendations, help track diseases, and monitor personal health."
  • “Definition: Personal reality mining infers human relationships and behavior by applying data-mining algorithms to information collected by cell-phone sensors that can measure location, physical activity, and more.
  • Impact: Models generated by analyzing data from both individuals and groups could enable automated security settings, smart personal assistants, and monitoring of personal and community health.
  • Context: Cell phones are now sophisticated enough to collect and analyze data on personal behavior, and researchers are developing techniques that allow them to effectively sort through such information.”
Date of Video: 2008?
Color. Sound. Length (min:sec): 4:36.
Copyright Info: AMPS/MIT Libraries
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Accompanying article: TR10: Reality Mining - Sandy Pentland is using data gathered by cell phones to learn more about human behavior and social interactions. By Kate Greene. Technology Review (March/April 2008). "Some people are nervous about trailing digital bread crumbs behind them. Sandy Pentland, however, revels in it. ... Reality mining, he says, 'is all about paying attention to patterns in life and using that information to help [with] things like setting privacy patterns, sharing things with people, notifying people--basically, to help you live your life.' ... While the promise of reality mining is great, the idea of collecting so much personal information naturally raises many questions about privacy, Pentland admits. ... For now, though, Pentland is excited about the potential of reality mining to simplify people's lives. 'All of the devices that we have are completely ignorant of the things that matter most,' he says."

Contributor: Jon Glick
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