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Category: technology
October 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Happy cities: We’re disconnected from each other

The column by Jerry Large “Evangelist on creating a happy city” [Local News, Oct. 20] was eye-opening and made a strong argument for face-to-face interactions being part of a happy city. I have not read Charles Montgomery’s book, “Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design.” Reportedly, one point he makes is that we…

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Comments | More in technology | Topics: Carole Martens, Charles Montgomery, cities

January 16, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Education and technology: The value of modern skills in the classroom

Illustration by Donna Grethen / Op Art

Unplugging can be a good thing, but there’s still value in some tech

I thoroughly enjoyed your article on Issaquah High School students unplugging from technology for three straight days [“Dump your cellphone? High-school students to unplug for three days,” Education Lab, Jan. 14].

First, I think this is a great idea not only because the younger generation has become so reliant on technology but also because, like Claudia Rowe wrote, it allows them to see how it was like for their parents to attend school and the ways in which they were forced to interact face to face.

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Comments | More in Education, technology | Topics: Issaquah High School

December 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Amazon drones: is technology going too far?

Advancing technology could make a large impact on our lives

This image shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations, but CEO Jeff Bezos said Dec. 1 there's no reason Drones can't help get goods to customers in 30 minutes or less. (AP Photo/Amazon)

This image shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations, but CEO Jeff Bezos said Dec. 1 there’s no reason Drones can’t help get goods to customers in 30 minutes or less. (AP Photo/Amazon)

I like the idea of Amazon.com delivering their products with drones [“Amazon delivers some pie in the sky with drones plan,” Business Dec. 3].

It is a unique idea that allows me to order something on Amazon and see it delivered as soon as 30 minutes later. However, I can also see many things that could go wrong with this idea.

I don’t know if I should trust drones to deliver my products because drones couldn’t operate under all weather conditions. The packages could be a target for thieves who could watch where the drones flew. If drones are being used to deliver products, the sky would be filled with drones.

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Comments | More in technology | Topics: amazon, Drones, technology

December 7, 2013 at 7:18 AM

New Google Glass could have a questionable future

Dangerous for driving and other physical tasks

Cecilia Abadie wears her Google Glass as she talks with her attorney outside of traffic court Tuesday, Dec. 3 in San Diego. When Abadie was pulled over on suspicion of speeding in October, the officer saw she was wearing Google Glass and tacked on a citation usually given to drivers who may be distracted by a video or TV screen. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Cecilia Abadie wears her Google Glass as she talks with her attorney outside of traffic court Tuesday, Dec. 3 in San Diego. When Abadie was pulled over on suspicion of speeding in October, the officer saw she was wearing Google Glass and tacked on a citation usually given to drivers who may be distracted by a video or TV screen. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

It seems like Google Glass is causing conflicts around the world. I wonder how Google Glass is going to affect our society once it becomes viral, if it ever will [“Google Glass techie ejected from hipster hotspot,” Online, Nov. 26].

I understand both the wearer’s and the non-wearer’s argument: It could revolutionize our technology, but it could become an item for potential crimes and make people around the wearer uncomfortable. There will definitely be problems about how the law will draw the line of wearing it in public.

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Comments | More in technology | Topics: Google Glass, technology

October 29, 2013 at 7:01 AM

No need for new nationwide software

It’s difficult to implement a brand-new software system I couldn’t help notice in today’s Times on page A10 Patrick Marshall’s advice column to readers experiencing computer-software problems [“Windows 8 update bombing? Sounds like a driver conflict,” Business, Oct. 26]. Back in the ‘90s and 2000s I worked for a company that had offices in eight Western states…

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Comments | More in technology | Topics: Computer software

August 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Millions remain unplugged from Internet

Ask a librarian The article about millions of people not plugged in to the Internet barely mentioned libraries. [“Web’s there, but millions in U.S. not plugging in,” page one, Aug. 19.] I have been at the downtown library at opening time. A crowd surges in and heads for the computers. I have seen people at the…

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Comments | More in Economy, Seattle, technology | Topics: access, Internet, library

March 22, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Study shows online courses could worsen achievement gap

Online learning suits some A recent Seattle Times article highlights the need to improve success in online courses; however, there’s more to the story [“Online classes could widen achievement gap, study shows,” NWSunday, March 17]. Online courses at two-year colleges make higher education possible for thousands of working adults — many of whom are parents —…

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Comments | More in Education, Higher education, technology | Topics: achievement gap, online education

March 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

State members of Congress support science, math education

Science education should start earlier Here we go again. Time and again, Bill Gates and his ilk look to high schools and colleges to bring up student achievement in math and science [“Science, math education backers find friends in U.S. Capitol,” NWWednesday, March 20]. Yet, since the state doesn’t test students in science until eighth…

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Comments | More in Education, Higher education, Microsoft, technology, Washington Legislature | Topics: STEM

March 7, 2013 at 6:00 AM

DelBene’s past with Microsoft provokes questions regarding H-1B visas

Possible conflicts of interests should be defused I agree with U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene that her background does not present a conflict of interest with her current role [“Foreign workers’ visas familiar issue for DelBene,” NWSunday, March 3]. In fact, it would be an advantage in understanding the intricacies of current immigration law. However, I take…

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Comments | More in Foreign policy, Immigration, Microsoft, technology | Topics: foreign workers, H-1B visas, Suzan Delbene

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