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Sunday, January 09, 2022

Body Monitoring

Digital Selves deriving from monitoring

Body-Monitoring Tech Trend Comes with Concerns

France24, January 6, 2022

Body-monitoring technology promoted at this year's Consumer Electronics Show raises concerns about such wearables eroding the boundary between well-being and obsession. Amaury Kosman at French startup Circular said the company's Circular Ring provides wearers with a daily "energy score" based on activity intensity compiled from heart rate, body temperature, and other sensor-collected data. The ring also tracks sleeping habits, awakes users via vibrations, and syncs with a mobile application to make lifestyle recommendations. German political scientist Nils-Eyk Zimmermann warned such tools could generate a "digital self" that is out of step with reality, adding that society must ascertain whether they are beneficial or "give rise to new dependencies."

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