APIs: a Human Social Interface


Jay Cousin’s conceptualises Personal APIs as Social APIs. Put simply, a Social API is a means of creating an interface of yourself for organisations and groups. In his blog, his conceived Social API is a list of common responses to selected topics (like a FAQ), detailing his preferences for email length to comfort food. Cousin’s reasons that this presentation was conceived around the idea that humans have an interface problem. “I find this notion of Human as software interesting, I would like to make my own behavioural code open source, which could also make memetic and behavioural replication easier.”

The conception of a Social API as open source behavioural code suggests that the aggregation of personal data could assist in social interactions with the individual. The aggregation of data from multiple platforms would produce the quantified self. In Naveen’s commentary on his own API, he conceives…

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