Thesis Excerpt

AI for My Life: The Consequences of Applying ML to Quantified-Self

Today, an “AI of self” is a mode of existence more than it is any one piece of technology. It is leveraging computers to self-quantify and machine learn, to model what we can of ourselves. It is then to confront the limitations, the immense complexity of the mind, to elucidate the inherent paradoxes and patterns, and to draw inspiration from them so as to speculate and further innovate. It is to value data, and understand in what way it informs humans and how it teaches computers. It is to appreciate a shared logic between computation and thought. Humans have long been the perfect muse in the search for computational insights. Perhaps, in the years to come, computers will be just as effective a muse in our continued search for very human insights.

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