Hitachi Designs a Dystopian 'Happiness Monitor' for Employers to Track Workers' Emotions
Japanese conglomerate Hitachi has just invented a new "workplace happiness monitor" in order to help employers boost morale in the office. Because what's a better morale booster than your boss being able to track your private thoughts and feelings?
[Credit: Saying Book]
The gadget, which looks like an ID card (and will probably be used as such by unwitting employees), is outfitted with an acceleration sensor that tracks the wearer's movements, as Hitachi claims that physical movement is closely associated with happiness levels. I'm not sure about that logic, as burning your office building down would probably take a decent amount of physical exertion.
Hitachi insists that the monitors that accompany the badges only aggregate the data across an entire office, averaging the happiness scores to a score between 1-100. So it's not intended to track individuals' emotions, but realistically, the data is likely there if the employers want to access it. It's also hilariously called "Human Big Data," which should have tipped someone off along the way that this idea is creepy as all get out.