The other day, we introduced you to “the most connected human on Earth”, Chris Dancy, and his story. Dancy had lost his job due to corporate downsizing, which in turn led the former IT manager to use his knowledge for the study of quantitative technologies and systems as part of a “quantitative life existence.” In this second installment of our interview, Chris is going to explain how you too can lead a similar lifestyle.
Most tech-savvy people in this world will agree that if technology can provide the benefits it promises, it is worth giving a shot. However, these same people might feel uneasy about using technology to monitor so much of their personal lives. For Chris, it’s about the differentiation between the “augmented self” that is displayed over the Internet, and your real-world self. Ultimately, the user has to lay down the fine line between shareable and non shareable, and it’s up to you to determine what information you broadcast online and what you keep to yourself.
However, a person needs to be careful not to be too involved with their “augmented life”. Rather, they should focus on finding balance between their online presence and their own earthly existence. Chris believes that taking advantage of as much technology as possible can ensure a successful future. Wired Magazine explains, “Dancy doesn’t think that all tracking is necessarily positive, but he’s fatalistic about the future. Even if workers reject more Orwellian surveillance from employers — or companies determine these measures to be counterproductive — individual workers will likely use self-tracking to gain a competitive edge.”
How To Make Quantitative Technology Your Own
You might feel ready to get involved with quantitative technology, but you should carefully consider the benefits of it before doing so. There are so many types of technology that can be used to segue into a data-driven existence, and it might seem a bit overwhelming if you don’t know what to look for. Chris offered Tektonic some advice for the average tech user wishing to adopt this new lifestyle.
With so much technology at his disposal, Chris is bound to have some favorites. We asked him the question, “If you had to limit yourself to five, which five would you choose?” In response, Chris selected a few of his favorites. So, if you are looking to quantify your life with lots of useful technology, these are a must.
1. A fitness tracker (anything on the market, like the Fitbit Flex)
2. Wireless scale (anything on the market, like the Fitbit Aria)
3. Automatic (a car sensor)
4. Cube Sensor (an environmental sensor)
Outfit Your Business Plan For the Quantitative Revolution!
If you want your company to succeed in the near future, contact Tektonic. We can provide you with all of the skills you need to put your business at the head of the pack. We asked Mr. Dancy what his thoughts were about what to look for in an IT company when seeking to expand your technological horizons. Chris suggests that businesses ask about three specific technical topics when looking for a knowledgeable IT provider- “What is your time frame for ‘location aware’, ‘proximity-based’, and ‘wearable’ technology integration? If they can’t answer at least one, change IT providers today.”
Tektonic knows all about the latest tech trends. Don’t let the technology revolution leave your business in the dust. Call us at (416) 256-9928 today, and we’ll help you transform your business into “the most connected business on Earth!”
Learn more about Chris Dancy by checking out his website: http://www.chrisdancy.com/