MEDIA RELATIONS: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY RACE

Stephen Baldwin, Al Unser, Jr. to Compete in Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

By: Michael Walker, The Hollywood Reporter

Stephen Baldwin and Adam Carolla are among the Hollywood gearheads joining professional race drivers like two-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser, Jr. in the 40th Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, set to be held April 16 on the streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif.

Keanu Reeves and Al Unser, Jr. at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2009.

Keanu Reeves and Al Unser, Jr. at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2009.

Baldwin, Carolla and other returning celebrity drivers, including Brian Austin Green, Alfonso Ribeiro and Olympic medalist Dara Torres, the first woman to win the race, were chosen to compete with pro drivers who had won in previous years.

The contestants will all drive 210 hp Scion FR-S cars upgraded to racing specs on the 1.97-mile street course. The race benefits the Racing for Kids charitable organization that supports children’s hospitals in the U.S.

This will be the final year for the pro-am race, which is held in conjunction with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the world’s second-oldest grand prix.

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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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