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重庆韦博英语 Apps That Help You Manage Your Life(一)
重庆韦博  2014/3/31 20:16:33

“Know thyself,” advises the ancient Greek aphorism—and before others get to know you better, a modern-day thinker might add, given the surveillance to which we are all subjected to today.
If learning is to be life-long, we should get used to being assessed by the latest science of data analytics—a continuous monitoring of our thoughts, interests, attention span, productivity and overall performance culled from our interactions with online courses, social networks and other services. Then there are the data produced from observing us through cameras and sensors in our smart devices, and through an increasingly smart world around us.
But what if all this data could be turned to our advantage and we could stay a step ahead of those wanting to get our measure, whether in education or our working lives? We have the means to do this with our gadgets and with new services that are emerging.
Companies are being forced to accept the “bring your own device” trend of workers using their own smartphones, tablets and laptops in the office and these devices contain a multiplicity of apps and sensors that can help us know our strengths and weaknesses, while optimizing mind and body for better performance.
I have tried many of these devices and services for reviews, but my experience pales next to BMC Software’s Chris Dancy.
His day typically begins with him being woken by his Philips Hue lights. These are WiFi-enabled light bulbs whose color and intensity can be set with an iPhone app. His sleep patterns will have been recorded by a BodyMedia armband that has a range of sensors for monitoring sleeping and waking activity.
Stepping on to his Fitbit Aria WiFi scale, his weight is recorded and sent to an app. As he meditates, eats and gets ready for work, records are created for his activities, calorie consumption, mood, the temperature and humidity and what music he has enjoyed. Apps and services that enable this include Insight Timer, a meditation app that logs your progress, and WeMo, a home automation switch that will turn on and off lights and other devices, with remote control enabled through its own app.
“认识你自己。”希腊古训这样劝诫道。而当今的思想家或许会补充一句:在别人更了解你之前。因为如今,我们全都生活在监视中。
学习若要伴随终身,我们就应该习惯最新的数据分析科学对我们的评估——当我们与在线课程、社交网络和其他服务互动时,我们的想法、兴趣、注意广度、生产力和整体表现都会受到持续的监视。我们智能设备上的摄像头和传感器,还有这个日益智能化的世界都在观察我们,数据便由此产生。
无论在学校还是职场,如果这些数据都能为我们自己所用,如果我们总能比那些想要了解我们的人抢先一步,又会怎么样呢?有了手头的智能产品和层出不穷的新服务,这一点我们不难做到。
各公司不得不接受“自带设备”这一趋势,允许员工在办公时使用自己的智能手机、平板电脑和笔记本电脑。这些设备上的应用程序和传感器五花八门,可以帮我们了解自身的优缺点,同时把身心调整到最佳状态,从而有更好的表现。
为了写测评,我试用过其中不少设备和服务,但比起BMC软件公司的克里斯·丹西,我的经验还是相形见绌。
丹西的一天从被飞利浦的智能照明系统唤醒开始。这些灯泡自带无线上网功能,其颜色和亮度可由一款iPhone应用设定。丹西的睡眠类型将由臂带式的BodyMedia记录下来。这款健康仪配有一套传感器,用于监测睡眠活动。
丹西一站在Fitbit Aria无线智能电子体重秤上,他的体重就会被记录下来,并发送至一个App应用。当他在思考、吃饭和准备上班时,他的这些活动、消耗的热量、情绪、体温、湿度和他刚听过的音乐都会被记录下来。在能够实现上述功能的应用程序和服务中,有一款冥想应用程序——“冥想定时器”,它能记录你的所思所想;还有一款名为WeMo的家用自动开关,可以通过其自带的程序遥控灯光和其他设备。

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