CyborgLog

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A CyborgLog (often abbreviated to 'glog) is a first-person recording of an activity, in which the person doing the recording is a participant in the activity. Examples of cyborglogs include recordings made by assistive technologies such as a visual memory prosthetic, or a seeing aid that links to remote computational or human elements. Although cyborglogs have a 30 year history dating back to wearable computers in the 1970s, modern technologies like cameraphones make it much easier to create cyborglogs in everyday life.

A cyborg, in the Manfred Clynes sense, is a synergy between human and technology that does not require conscious thought or effort to operate. Thus, for example, a physiological data logger, such as a Holter monitor, captures a form of cyborglog. Including video with a heart monitor helps a physician diagnose the ECG recording, because the video provides context (i.e. "what was the patient doing at the time when this arrhythmia occurred?").

Thus many 'glogs are multichannel audiovisual ECG, and EEG capture files.

More everyday examples of cyborglogs include Joi Ito's moblog (http://joi.ito.com/moblog) and Wearable Wireless Webcam (http://wearcam.org/eastcampusfire.htm).

Example of a 'glog that was also a 'blog.  February 1995
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Example of a 'glog that was also a 'blog. February 1995

Both of these are examples of 'glogs that are also 'blogs. Some 'glogs are also wikis. Wiki 'glogs make it possible to create attribution-free content (http://wearcam.org/ouiki/).

Cyborglogs have many practical applications. For example, the Seeing Eye People project uses 'glogs to allow blind and less-sighted people to participate in a sense of community, and thus attempts to bridge the gap between the sighted and the less-sighted.

Cyborglogging is also used for personal safety, e.g. like a "black box" flight data recorder, but instead, something that's worn or carried as a personal record, often captured in a circular buffer so that there is a record of what happened before and after an accident, personal injury, or assault. 'Glogging (the creation of cyborglogs) is also known as personal sousveillance.

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