December 7, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Hey, hey, it’s time to get into weekend mode! This week’s reading includes robots doing nice things and robots messing up, and we wrap it up with a common, recurring dream you’ve probably had at least once in your life…

Nepal’s First Robot Waiter Is Ready For Orders
We think everyone will agree that robots are great when they’re bringing us food, right? In Nepal, Ginger is doing just that for happy patrons of a Kathmandu restaurant. She was named after the ingredient common to Nepalese cuisine and is bilingual.

Robot Punctures Can Of Bear Repellent At Amazon Warehouse, Sickening Workers
And here’s an example of robots NOT doing something we love. It’s also a good reminder that automation comes with risks we haven’t thought about yet. This incident will prompt an investigation of safety practices and working conditions at the Amazon warehouse—and maybe some reflection among those deploying the robots.  

There’s a Stress Gap Between Men and Women. Here’s Why It’s Important.
Women get paid less, AND they experience more stress? Something is wrong with this equation… For example, women bear the burden of more “unpaid domestic work” than their male partners, and it’s stretching them to the breaking point. This article, fortunately, follows the bad news with solid tips for women to “take charge and manage their stress.”

Hide Your Phone When You’re Trying to Work. Seriously.
Do you find yourself stealing glances at your device throughout the day? Do you leave it sitting screen-side-up on your desk? Well, you’re undermining your own productivity. This sentence will stay with us for a long, long time: “The moment a device enters your general proximity, even if it’s not yours, your cognitive performance starts to decline.”

You’re At The Final Exam And Never Attended Class. It’s That Dream Again.
If you’re a Udemy student, you will NEVER have this particular nightmare! Still, it’s “a dream that apparently spans the generations and usually involves high school or college, sometimes both. And, oddly, it seems to haunt us decades after we last sat in a classroom.” Some speculate that “the recurrence of the dream correlates with times of stress and pressure.”