Behold: The Quantified Baby
It may sound like the data-collecting nanny state is at risk of converging with the baby-monitoring nanny cam. But before you get too concerned about that, consider this: Some experts questions the soundness of all that collected information. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician, father, and director of the Center for Childhood Health, Behavior, and Development at the Seattle Children's Research Institute, says that while mining mass biometric data is considered a holy grail for many tech companies, the current manner in which they're doing so raises concerns over how accurate that data really is. This is true, he says, not merely for emerging companies with new monitors, but also for existing in-hospital infant monitors, which he says track similar biometrics--and emit false alarms far more frequently than fair warnings.
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