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How the machines are increasing human productivity

Research Briefing

Keywords: Productivity, Emotions, fuzzy biotechnical control systems

A slew of studies has recently been published looking at what are known as fuzzy biotechnical control systems for human operators. What this means is a set of technological interfaces for human beings that are aimed at increasing our engagement, commitment and productivity through the use of biometric feedback. In effect, what these devices are doing is monitoring a range of biometric data such as:

• heart rate
• brain pattern imaging
• emotional state and
• attention levels

of operators, such as people in call centres, nuclear power stations, military personnel, where the consequences of a lack of attention, fatigue, drowsiness, distraction, depression, anxiety can be serious, if not catastrophic.

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