Hitachi AI seeks secrets to worker happiness

Artificial intelligence devised by Hitachi soon may tell you how to be happier on the job.

The Japanese tech company is developing software that seeks to lift employees’ spirits — and their efficiency — with personalized suggestions based on monitoring their behavior.

As part of the trial announced Monday, about 600 Hitachi sales staffers will wear devices that measure a variety of actions, including sitting, standing and talking. The nametag-shaped tracker can even record whom the user speaks with and how often.

Software developed earlier by Hitachi uses these patterns to calculate wearers’ happiness levels. The AI will analyze a month’s worth of data to determine what actions make each user happier, then send advice based on these findings to the user’s smartphone. It may recommend that an employee do desk work in the morning or talk with a certain person. The data will be anonymized to protect privacy, though users will be able to see their own data.

Hitachi wants to determine whether tweaking employee behavior improves efficiency. The company hopes to bring the technology to market this year as a way to boost workplace dynamism.

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