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History[ edit ] The term "lifestream" was coined by Eric Freeman and David Gelernter at Yale University in the mids to describe " The tail of your stream contains documents from the past starting with your electronic birth certificate.
Moving away from the tail and toward the present, your stream contains more recent documents—papers in progress or new electronic mail; other documents pictures, correspondence, bills, movies, voice mail, software are stored in between.
Moving beyond the present and into the future, the stream contains documents you will need: reminders, calendar items, to-do lists. The point of lifestreams isn't to shift from one software structure to another but to shift the whole premise of computerized information: to stop building glorified file cabinets and start building simplified, abstract artificial minds; and to store our electronic lives inside"  Before lifestreaming[ edit ] The concept existed long before it was first introduced to the public.
Globally known public figures like Leonardo Da Vinci and senator Bob Graham were collecting their stream of personal and professional data, an act that could be considered a lifestreaming.
Some of these were quite mundane grocery lists and doodles , others were not. To model Leonardo da Vinci diaries. Other online applications have emerged to facilitate a user's lifestream.
Posterous offered a variety of unique features to enhance its basic blogging function. Tumblr is a similar concept, but with slightly different features.
Lifestream websites[ edit ] Websites accommodating of lifestreaming gather together all the information someone wants to display and order it in reverse-chronology. It is not just an organizational tool, but a tool that allows critical evaluation, reassessment and tweaking daily choice"  However, there is a clear distinction between the act of lifestreaming as a simple form of editorial extension to one's activity stream , and the production of a well-designed lifestream which involves commitment and requires the technical skills necessary to create and maintaining its underlying site.
The increase in people keeping track of their lives digitally is considered by futurologists a step towards artificial intelligence. The main focus is on the fact that you can publish anything, as it may be helpful to others.
The hard boundary between social and professional space is becoming thinner. Consequently, this provides a sense of belonging , security and companionship while being in the workplace with an employer.
Moreover, lifestreaming can keep track of budget, calories, physical activity or sleep cycles. Consequently, his or her activity imitates a pattern and through this process an individual is integrated within the community. In his books he presents instructions for designing a business that can self-develop, being convinced that one should live the life he wants the moment he wants instead of waiting for something to happen.
With this belief, he proposes selling digital information products that can be automated and turned into profit. Discuss October Lifecasting is a continual live streaming of events in a person's life through digital media. Typically, lifecasting is transmitted through the medium of the Internet and can involve wearable technology.
Other labels for lifecasting and related have occasionally surfaced, including cyborglog, glog, lifeblog , lifeglob, livecasting and wearcam. Life casting today looks a little different from the continuous stream first imagined by Mann.
It has taken new forms today, such as Instagram and Snapchat , as it is the ways that modern life casters share their life experiences within the world of their social networks. Although it isn't a continuous stream, the motivations of "life sharing" remains the same.
Precursors[ edit ] Jean-Luc Godard said, "Cinema is not a dream or a fantasy.
It is life. While filmmakers such as Michel Auder , Jonas Mekas and Ed Pincus created cinematic diaries,  the sculptor Claes Oldenburg , in the early s, had theatrical showings of his home movies.
Andy Warhol , who once said, "I like boring things," introduced the notion that life could be captured simply by aiming a fixed camera at subjects usually regarded as "boring" and later projecting the unedited footage. Six years later, the series was satirized by Albert Brooks in his first feature film, Real Life Author William Gibson featured "God's Little Toy," a lifecasting mini-blimp, that followed subjects around—for their lives—in his novel All Tomorrow's Parties.
Lifecasters[ edit ] Evolution of lifecasting apparatus, including wearable computer, camera, and viewfinder with wireless Internet connection.
Early apparatus used separate transmitting and receiving antennas. Later apparatus evolved toward the appearance of ordinary eyeglasses in the late s and early s.
The first person to do lifecasting, i. Starting in , Mann continuously transmitted his everyday life 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and his site grew in popularity to become Cool Site of the Day in Jennifer Ringley 's JenniCam — attracted mass media attention, as noted by Cnet: "JenniCam, beginning in , was the first really successful 'lifecasting' attempt.
With a format similar to TV's Big Brother , Harris placed tapped telephones, microphones and 32 robotic cameras in the home he shared with his girlfriend, Tanya Corrin.
Viewers talked to Harris and Corrin in the site's chatroom. Harris launched the online live video platform, Operator His footage was edited into the documentary TV Junkie OurPrisoner was a internet "reality show" which featured a man living on camera for 6 months who had to follow viewer directions to win prizes.
In , Arin Crumley and Susan Buice met online and began a relationship. They decided to forgo verbal communication during the initial courtship and instead spoke to each other via written notes, sketches, video clips and MySpace.
They went on to create an autobiographical film about it called Four Eyed Monsters. It was part documentary, part narrative with a few scripted elements added. Wearing the capcam, Kan was lifecasting at that event.
Wearing a webcam attached to a cap, Kan began streaming continuous live video and audio, beginning at midnight March 19, , and he named this procedure "lifecasting,"  apparently unaware of the accepted use of that term for a sculpting process. Kan announced that he would wear his camera "24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Viewers accompanied Kan as he walked the streets of San Francisco, sometimes involved in both pre-planned events trapeze lesson, dance lesson and also spontaneous situations being invited into the local Scientology Center by a sidewalk recruiter. Vogt recalled: I moved to San Francisco so I could be closer to the rest of the team.
I mean really close.
The four of us lived and worked out of a small two-bedroom apartment. I spent my time becoming an expert in Linux socket programming, cellphone data networks and realtime data protocols.
I fought with these modems for weeks but finally managed to wrestle them into a single 1. The new camera emerged from the pile of Radio Shack parts, computer guts and hacked-up cellphones that had accumulated on my messy desk.
It uses thousands of lines of Python code, a custom real-time protocol, connection load balancing and several other funky hacks. The setup currently used is one wireless EVDO networking card and a wearable computer laptop in a backpack  the video is streamed at ten frames per second from Kan's location using a commercial off-the-shelf product from On2.
Ezarik took a different approach, often aiming the camera at herself instead of just showing what she was seeing. Attending various tech and media events or working on her design and video projects, she also spent much more time than Kan in communicating directly to her audience.
Kan's cryptic references to "the big rollout" became clear in the summer of when Justin. This included a wide variety of participants, from a Christian family and radio stations to college students, graphic designers and a Subaru repair shop.
By August , channels were being added at an average rate of two a day. In September , Justin. On September 30, , reviews of channels and lifecasters began appearing on various Justin TV-related gossip blogs.
On October 2, , Justin. By October 13, Justin. Some angle their camera to show themselves sitting at a computer, and they may or may not choose to communicate with viewers, either by speaking or typing in a chat area. Some leave their cameras on while they sleep. In some situations, a camera might show an empty room as the lifecaster walks around the house doing chores, totally ignoring the viewers.