theorycast.53 :: Life of a Social Cyborg

“Technophile Kevin Lim has found a way to make his private life a public event, broadcasting his experiences live to the Internet”.

For those wondering what it’s like capturing chunks of my daily life, here’s a short documentary of the social cyborg experience.

You’ll see highlight videos shot through my wearable camera outfit, as well as a show-n-tell deconstruction of my entire sousveillance outfit for the Buffalo News. The last video clip was produced by videographer Joseph Popiolkowski, as it is a supplementary video accompanying the Buffalo News article on lifecasting.

If you’d like to know more, see my introductory article to the social cyborg.


  1. Posted January 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I like the way you use mirrors and glass to allow the camera to capture yourself. Don’t you think it’ll be more fun if the camera is completely hidden so no one knows you’re filming them? That way it’ll be more natural I suppose.

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  2. Posted January 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Ben, while I agree with you, the problem with using hidden cameras is that it crosses the ethical line. I’ve been fortunate to chat with Steve Mann, the original cyborg and professor at the University of Toronto, and he’s approached this from an “equiveillance” approach.

    This approach makes more sense, as it challenges the imbalance of how currently only incumbent authorities are socially accepted to record you, but you as an individual aren’t allowed to. This is the thrust, that we as individuals should have the right to our own memory as well.

    Wikipedia’s definition: “Equiveillance is a state of equilibrium, or a desire to attain a state of equilibrium, between surveillance and sousveillance. It is sometimes confused with transparency. This balance (equilibrium) allows the individual to construct their own case from evidence they gather themselves, rather than merely having access to surveillance data that could possibly incriminate them.”

    I hope to chat with Steve over video so we can elicit more details about this. In essence, it’s almost like proposing a new law to allow us to record our lives for ourselves in personal memory.

    For details, see Steve Mann’s article at