Human 2.0 : The quantified self, according to filmmaker Jason Silva

If you subscribe to Jason Silva’s Shots of Awe YouTube channel, you’ve probably already seen his latest video Explore The “Quantified Self” Revolution.

Just like every clip from this series, the latest video is brief and straight to the point, pondering the Quantified Self revolution and how the idea of exploring everything about the human through sensors and computations excites Silva.

In less than two minutes, Silva describes how sensors on devices can create “a data rich, always on, stream of information about our biological functionings,” which can eventually be used to find “patterns in the data learning how to optimize the way the data is managed, feeding that information back into ourselves transforming what it means to be a human being running in optimum capacity.”

“[T]his just excites me a lot. because it’s this idea that, just like we can soup up our cars to get more performance out of them, imagine how those insights into ourselves might transform the possibilities we can sort of play around with our biochemical matrix we can literally rev ourselves up to ways we could never have conceived before.

“This could be the beginning of Human 2.0,” Silva concluded.

The Silva perspective


Silva is known for his fast-talking, information-filled videos, and as technology evolves we will probably see more of his mind-boggling shorts.

Some may describe him as eccentric, others may not like his videos as he talks really, really fast.  But I say, his brain is just in overdrive and in order to keep his train of thought, he needs to talk as quickly as his brain thinks.

Silva was at last year’s IBM Information on Demand event where he spoke about Big Data as a guest on theCUBE.  What he then described as Big Data use cases now correlates to how he describes the Quantified Self revolution.  It’s a natural use of consumer data and analytics, as the Quantified Self movement leverages self-trackers and mobile devices to the max.

“Even though we’re using more technology to measure more things, the thing we’re learning is these patterns are happening. And our machine patterns are closing the loop. Forager ants looking for food mirror IP addresses on the internet…it enlists a sense of wonder in people,” Silva stated.

See Silva’s entire segment below.

About Silva


Silva is a Venezuelan-American TV personality, filmmaker, and performance philosopher that has produced and starred in many documentary and performance pieces such as Textures of Selfhood, The Party Philosophers, and Intellectual Hedonists to name a few.  He was also a presenter on Current TV from 2005 to 2011, hosted National Geographics’ Brain Games, which set the record for the highest rated series launch in Nat Geo’s history with an average of 1.5 million viewers for the first two episodes.

In May 2013, he started Shots of Awe where he uploads inspirational videos regarding any subject under the sun, from the miracle of life to advancements in technology.