Hacking Happiness

Hacking Happiness

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In Hacking Happiness, futurist and contributing Mashable writer John C. Havens introduces you to your a€œquantified selfa€a€”your digital identity represented by gigabytes of data produced from tracking your activities on your smartphone and computer. Harvested by megacorporations such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon, Havens argues that companies gather this data because of its immense economic value, encouraging a culture of a€œsharinga€ as they hoard the information based on our lives for private monetary gain. But there's an alternative to this digital dystopia. Emerging technologies will help us reclaim this valuable data for ourselves, so we can directly profit from the insights linked to our quantified selves. At the same time, sensors in smartphones and wearable devices will help us track our emotions to improve our well-being based on the science of positive psychology. Havens proposes that these trends will lead to new economic policies that redefine the meaning of a€œwealth, a€ allowing governments to create policy focused on purpose rather than productivity. An issues book highlighting the benefits of an examined life in the digital world, this timely work takes the trepidation out of the technological renaissance and illustrates how the fruits of the Information Age can improve our lives for a happier humanity.a€œWearable Computing Devices, Like Applea#39;s iWatch, Will Exceed 485 Million Annual Shipments by 2018, a€ ABI ... Antonio Regalado, a€œStephen Wolfram on Personal Analytics, a€ MIT Technology Review, May 8, 2013, ... Angela Watercutter, a€œNeuroscientists Measure Brain Activity in Love Competition, a€ Wired, February 14 , 2012, http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/02/love-competition/. 13. ... Mashable, June 6, 2011, http://mashable.com/2011/06/06/virtual-air-rights- augmentedreality/.

Title:Hacking Happiness
Author:John Havens
Publisher:Penguin - 2014-03-20


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