Map Of Daily Heartbeats Provides A Virtual Countdown Of One Artist’s Life

Map Of Daily Heartbeats Provides A Virtual Countdown Of One Artist’s Life

Find out why a PSFK CONFERENCE 2014 speaker is tracking every minute of her life.

Lara Piras
  • 28 march 2014

Created by data scientist Jen Lowe, One Human Heartbeat is an experiment that visualizes Lowe’s pulsating heartbeat. Using the Basis watch to track her pulse, Lowe has created a live stream of her beating heart for all of the Internet to see, and even points out how many more days she is expected to live.

Brooklyn-based Lowe has been measuring her heartbeat for over a month now and has revealed that based on the information provided, statistics show she has about 16452 days left to live. While the watch, as Lowe explains, “fails to record any heartrate” for an estimated 17.5% of the time, but it is still able to provide an account of her average heartrate per minute.

Lowe quotes Annie Dillard, the author of The Writing Life, on the project’s site:

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives… Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.”

The obsessive recording in this project shines a spotlight on how we as humans spend our time, and whether the activities we’re focusing our energy on are really worthwhile. The visual aspect resembles an online sanctuary of hope, and as the beats go on, the pulsing red orb suggests that there’s still time to change, but if we want to, we’ll have to do it quickly.

Want to learn more? Come watch Jen talk about the intersection of web data and privacy at the PSFK Conference 2014 on April 11.

One Human Heartbeat

[h/t] Flowing Data



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