LifeLog: From your Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency


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...The Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting proposals to develop an ontology-based (sub)system that captures, stores, and makes accessible the flow of one personís experience in and interactions with the world in order to support a broad spectrum of associates/assistants and other system capabilities. The objective of this "LifeLog" concept is to be able to trace the "threads" of an individual's life in terms of events, states, and relationships.

Functionally, the LifeLog (sub)system consists of three components: data capture and storage, representation and abstraction, and data access and user interface. LifeLog accepts as input a number of raw physical and transactional data streams. Through inference and reasoning, LifeLog generates multiple layers of representation at increasing levels of abstraction. The input data streams are abstracted into sequences of events and states, which are aggregated into threads and episodes to produce a timeline that constitutes an "episodic memory" for the individual. Patterns of events in the timeline support the identification of routines, relationships, and habits. Preferences, plans, goals, and other markers of intentionality are at the highest level.

LifeLog is interested in three major data categories: physical data, transactional data, and context or media data. ďAnywhere/anytimeĒ capture of physical data might be provided by hardware worn by the LifeLog user. Visual, aural, and possibly even haptic sensors capture what the user sees, hears, and feels. GPS, digital compass, and inertial sensors capture the userís orientation and movements. Biomedical sensors capture the userís physical state. LifeLog also captures the userís computer-based interactions and transactions throughout the day from email, calendar, instant messaging, web-based transactions, as well as other common computer applications, and stores the data (or, in some cases, pointers to the data) in appropriate formats. Voice transactions can be captured through recording of telephone calls and voice mail, with the called and calling numbers as metadata. FAX and hardcopy written material (such as postal mail) can be scanned. Finally, LifeLog also captures (or at least captures pointers to) the tremendous amounts of context data the user is exposed to every day from diverse media sources, including broadcast television and radio, hardcopy newspapers, magazines, books and other documents, and softcopy electronic books, web sites, and database access.

LifeLog can be used as a stand-alone system to serve as a powerful automated multimedia diary and scrapbook. By using a search engine interface, the user can easily retrieve a specific thread of past transactions, or recall an experience from a few seconds ago or from many years earlier in as much detail as is desired, including imagery, audio, or video replay of the event. In addition to operating in this stand-alone mode, LifeLog can also serve as a subsystem to support a wide variety of other applications, including personal, medical, financial, and other types of assistants, and various teaching and training tools. As increasing numbers of people acquire LifeLogs, collaborative tasks could be facilitated by the interaction of LifeLogs, and properly anonymized access to LifeLog data might support medical research and the early detection of an emerging epidemic. Application of the LifeLog abstraction structure in a synthesizing mode will eventually allow synthetic game characters and humanoid robots to lead more "realistic" lives. However, the initial LifeLog development is tightly focused on the stand-alone system capabilities, and does not include the broader class of assistive, training, and other applications that may ultimately be supported....continued
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Doesn't this bother anyone just a wee bit?
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Originally posted by Ivan Seeking
Doesn't this bother anyone just a wee bit?
Sorry Ivan, I meant to respond yesterday, but I wanted to finish reading the link and got interrupted.

This is bizarre. The ability to have "everything" in my life recorded? Although this would have come in handy a few times in discussions with my delusional ex... [;)]

I will comment more after I finish reading.

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LifeLog: From your Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency


The rest of the information mainly dealt with how to submit your solution for the project.

I don't think too many people would want something this intrusive, if it were voluntary and for "day to day" life, not as an experiment.

Makes you wonder what the "real" reason behind this project really is.
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The Pentagon canceled its so-called LifeLog project, an ambitious effort to build a database tracking a person's entire existence.

Run by Darpa, the Defense Department's research arm, LifeLog aimed to gather in a single place just about everything an individual says, sees or does: the phone calls made, the TV shows watched, the magazines read, the plane tickets bought, the e-mail sent and received. Out of this seemingly endless ocean of information, computer scientists would plot distinctive routes in the data, mapping relationships, memories, events and experiences.
http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,...w=wn_tophead_5
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This seems rather strange... this LifeLog project comes from the defense agency when this program could have anything less to do with defense. While the benefits may seem neat (like auto-recording statistics and data when pencil isn't available), the potential for the information to be used against you seems to be great.

Sure it may help computer A.I. in computer games, but to go to those lengths to get it? Id rather have my computer A.I. buddies act stupid so I can waste them without them knowing it. [a)]
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...it has been renamed? Just a guess.
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Originally posted by Evo
Makes you wonder what the "real" reason behind this project really is.
Exactly.[:((]
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Good.
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Originally posted by Ivan Seeking
...it has been renamed? Just a guess.
Yeah it's a 24/7 webcam site now. [:D]


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