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Mindful : August 2016
16 mindful August 2016 Sometimes, when goldfish owners get tired of their pets, they flush ‘em down the toilet. It’s the “humane” thing, after all. The result? Insa- tiable goldfish in lakes and ponds, growing to the size of dinner plates, and breeding without predators to keep them in check. Hanson Robotics makes “empathetic and engaging robots that are capable of building a trusted rela- tionship with people.” But when asked “Do you want to destroy humans?” one Hanson robot answered, “OK, I will destroy humans.” A recent (scary) study found nearly half of what Americans eat is “ultra” processed, using ingredients to “imitate sensorial qualities of unpro- cessed or minimally processed foods...to disguise undesirable qualities of the final product.” ● In an at tempt to clean up its online image, University of Cali- fornia, Davis spent $175,000 trying to scrub the Internet of videos and pictures from 2011 featuring campus police pepper spraying peaceful protesters. Allison Wint, an art teacher in Battle Creek, Michigan, was fired after she gave an art history lesson on Georgia O’Keeffe and, as the school’s administration said, used the word “vagina ... without previous approval.” Hmm. Aetna pays employees to get more sleep. If a worker can prove (with a Fitbit) they’ve gone 20 nights sleeping 7 hours or more, they’ll be paid $25 a night, up to $500 a year. Talk about a “dream” job. Tiger populations are increasing for the first time in more than a century, thanks to conser vation commit- ments and protec- tions. Their estimated global population is 3,890, up from 3,200 in 2010. Two University of Washington students invented gloves that convert American Sign Language to written and spoken text. When Judge Lou Oli- vera sentenced Joseph Serna, a veteran with PTSD, to 24 hours in jail for driving while intoxicated, Olivera was worried the isola- tion would negatively affect Serna’s PTSD, so Olivera served the time with him. The city of Greno- ble, France, set up short-story dispensers in public areas—so instead of gazing mindlessly into your phone, you can read quality literature for free while waiting for the bus or your chron- ically late friend. Mindful–Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon Suggestions for Mindful–Mindless? Send them to