MEDIA RELATIONS: The Atlantic, Chapman University

Americans Are More Afraid of Robots Than Death

By: Cari Romm, The Atlantic

When the personal computer first became ubiquitous in the 1980s, as Adrienne LaFrance wrote in The Atlantic earlier this year, some people found it so terrifying that the term “computerphobia” was coined.

SoftBank's human-like robot named "Pepper" performs to welcome as a concierge at an entrance of Mizuho Financial Group's Mizuho bank branch in Tokyo, Japan, July 17, 2015. Pepper starts working as a concierge of the bank to welcome customers. REUTERS/Yuya Shino - RTX1KMDQ

“In the early days of the telephone, people wondered if the machines might be used to communicate with the dead. Today, it is the smartphone that has people jittery,” she wrote. “Humans often converge around massive technological shifts—around any change, really—with a flurry of anxieties.”

To see those anxieties quantified, take a look at the top five scariest items in the Survey of American Fears, released earlier this week by researchers at Chapman University. Three of them—cyberterrorism, corporate tracking of personal information, and government tracking of personal information—were technology-related.

For the survey, a random sample of around 1,500 adults ranked their fears of 88 different items on a scale of one (not afraid) to four (very afraid). The fears were divided into 10 different categories: crime, personal anxieties (like clowns or public speaking), judgment of others, environment, daily life (like romantic rejection or talking to strangers), technology, natural disasters, personal future, man-made disasters, and government—and when the study authors averaged out the fear scores across all the different categories, technology came in second place, right behind natural disasters.

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Isagenix on the move: Chandler-based wellness company to relocate corporate headquarters to Gilbert

By Jessica Suerth, East Valley Tribune

Isagenix International, a multi-million-dollar health and wellness company, recently announced they will be relocating their worldwide headquarters from Chandler to Gilbert by the end of the year, a move that solidifies the company’s strength in the Valley.

us-en-logo-tagline-color-webKevin Snyder, vice president of Corporate Communications and International Marketing Services at Isagenix, said the company decided to relocate after outgrowing their current facility in Chandler.

“Over the past two years, we have had to split up our corporate staff in three different facilities throughout the Chandler/Gilbert area,” he wrote in an email. “Building a new world-wide headquarters that is big enough to allow us to place everyone back under one roof is fundamental to our culture and our continued success.”

Isagenix, a company that prides itself on creating solutions for personal issues ranging from energy gain to weight loss, was founded in 2002 by John Anderson and Jim and Kathy Coover. The company currently has nearly half a million associates worldwide, spanning from the U.S. to Vietnam.

The new location will be located in Gilbert, off of Gilbert Road and the Loop 202, a place where Snyder said the company calls home.

“This is home to our company; we have no plans to relocate outside of the area,” he said. “We are excited about our new facility in Gilbert; the staff is counting down the days — they talk about the new building almost daily.

The move was projected to add hundreds of jobs to Isagenix’s workforce, many of which have already been filled, Synder said.

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By Greg Lee, ABC 7 Los Angeles

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