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Hitachi's AI badges boost worker performance with happiness advice

/ Jun 27, 2017

Hitachi's AI badges boost worker performance with happiness advice

Hitachi Ltd. says its artificial intelligence system has helped improve business performance by advising workers on how to increase their happiness. "In running organizations, we've relied on experience and gut feelings until now," Kazuo Yano, corporate chief scientist at Hitachi's Research & Development Group, said ...

Driverless vehicles put through road tests in Okinawa

/ Jun 26, 2017

Driverless vehicles put through road tests in Okinawa

Self-driving vehicles were put through road tests Monday in Okinawa, with officials from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry saying they hope the technology will be adopted soon. The tests overseen by METI saw two four-seater electric carts navigate roads fitted with the required ...

VR amusement center opens in Shibuya to cash in on new tech

/ Jun 24, 2017

VR amusement center opens in Shibuya to cash in on new tech

Tokyoites now have another way to escape their day-to-day lives with the opening Saturday of an indoor amusement center featuring virtual reality technology in the Shibuya district. Shibuya VR Land, in the Shibuya Modi shopping complex, offers an hour's worth of virtual entertainment for an ...

Rise of AI-assisted art raises challenges notions of proprietary rights

/ Jun 23, 2017

Rise of AI-assisted art raises challenges notions of proprietary rights

Artificial intelligence is finding its way into the world of music, literature and art, raising never-before-considered questions about a creator's role. A team led by Shigeki Sagayama, professor of mathematical engineering and information physics at Tokyo's Meiji University, has created software that can compose a ...

Sharp plans production lines for large OLED panels

/ Jun 21, 2017

Sharp plans production lines for large OLED panels

Sharp Corp. plans to develop large organic electroluminescence display panels — a thin, bendable light-emitting technology — for television sets The electronics firm plans to spend about ¥57.4 billion to build production lines for OLEDs at its plants in the city of Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, ...