"Visualized" happiness

There is no end to the debate about "happiness" in the east and west.
After all, I found an interesting article if I thought that the definition of "happiness" was different for each person and that each person would decide for himself and herself.
Hitachi, Ltd., one of Japan's leading IT companies, is said to be operating a subsidiary that aims to commercialize technology for measuring happiness and support corporate management activities.
The subsidiary's app uses accelerometers on smartphones and wearable terminals to measure unconscious physical activity and quantitatively measure a person's sense of well-being. It is said that the measured data will be used to create an organization for employees to act positively.
Especially in Corona, I heard it was important to measure the happiness of employees when working from home and create an environment where they were able to work positively, and expectations for this technology are increasing.
They said Hitachi has focused on the relationship between productivity and human behavior, and has been collecting behavior data using wearable sensors since 2004. As a result, it found that there is a universal feature that strongly correlates with well-being in the pattern of human unconscious physical movement.
Aside from philosophical debates about what "happiness" is, behavioral data seems to measure the well-being of employees in the organization.
It is said that the subsidiary quantifies the activity of the organization regardless of whether it works in the office or at home, develops an application business for creating an organization in which employees act positively, and measures it by collaborating with local governments. In addition to utilizing the happiness level for medical treatment, long-term care, and community development, the company is considering using it in a wide range of fields such as financing and insurance services.
I myself have no idea of quantitatively measuring "happiness" with data, and I have lived a business life thinking that it is okay if I am satisfied, but it is not so in the present age when AI has developed. It seems. I think it is up to each person to see this as cramped or technological progress, but the perspective of commercializing "happiness," which has been thought to be inviolable, is really interesting. I would like to see if this business will succeed.

Hirokazu Morita(Mr.)


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