Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Quantified Relationship: Target Article with Replies

Along with Sven Nyholm and Brian Earp, I have just published a target article in the American Journal of Bioethics on the use of quantified self technologies in intimate relationships. There are eleven response papers, including one from us responding to the responses.  You can access the issue here (and -- shhh! -- a version of the target article here). Full details of each paper below:

The Quantified Relationship (2018) AJOB 18(2): 3-19  by Danaher, Nyholm and Earp
Abstract: The growth of self-tracking and personal surveillance has given rise to the Quantified Self movement. Members of this movement seek to enhance their personal well-being, productivity, and self-actualization through the tracking and gamification of personal data. The technologies that make this possible can also track and gamify aspects of our interpersonal, romantic relationships. Several authors have begun to challenge the ethical and normative implications of this development. In this article, we build upon this work to provide a detailed ethical analysis of the Quantified Relationship (QR). We identify eight core objections to the QR and subject them to critical scrutiny. We argue that although critics raise legitimate concerns, there are ways in which tracking technologies can be used to support and facilitate good relationships. We thus adopt a stance of cautious openness toward this technology and advocate the development of a research agenda for the positive use of QR technologies.


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