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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

September 3, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Big data makes for savvy consumers

That data-driven consumption is somehow mindless is nonsensical [“The slide toward an impulse society, thanks to big data and Amazon.com,” Opinion, Aug. 30]. Having access to more information about products, and access to many more sellers, has made consumers savvier than ever. Targeted ads based on my interests are more worthwhile to me than…

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Comments | Topics: amazon, big data, technology

July 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Maybe women just might not be interested STEM education

Why aren’t more women choosing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers? [“State needs to do more to get girls interested in STEM learning,” Opinion, July 25]. Schools, the media and society are all promoting STEM for students, including girls. Even the workplace is friendly and accommodating with supportive policies, environments and good wages. And…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, engineering, mathematics

April 25, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Boeing: Left-behind engineers will innovate

Boeing management’s “engineering work transfer” plans will leave the Puget Sound with an abundance of unused, highly skilled, senior engineering talent [“Boeing CEO defends shifting engineering jobs,” Business/Technology, April 23]. With our concentration of venture dollars, and with the many entrepreneurial leaders spun from our multi-faceted technology economy, it seems only logical that some…

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Comments | Topics: Anthony Claiborne, Boeing, engineers

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

September 18, 2013 at 6:32 PM

America the gluttonous

Priorities need to change It is true that everyone looks for more, bigger, faster — fill in your own blank. [“Column: America, land of the overeaters,” Opinion, Sept. 18.] What we cannot seem to have is safer, kinder, gentler, more loving. So we substitute; we drown our anxieties in huge meals, incessant use of cellphones while avoiding…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: america, commercialism, corporations

August 2, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Power companies threatened by solar energy

Utilities need to move with the times My advice for power companies worried about solar power: get over it, get a new business model, or get out. [“Solar customers costing us, utilities say,” Business, July 31.] Buggy manufacturers had a similar response when automobiles first hit the scene. It is time to join the 21st century. New…

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Comments | More in Business, Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: business, electric, energy

July 14, 2013 at 6:53 AM

The value of the humanities

Need for imagination permeates society Thanks to Julie Ziegler and Michael Zimmerman for a cogent reflection on the critical need for the humanities in academia and throughout society at large. [“Guest column: How the humanities support economy,” Opinion, July 11.] Indeed, an overemphasis on scientific and technological know-how neglects vital humanistic ingredients such as art, linguistics…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: economy, education, humanities

May 10, 2013 at 6:02 AM

More visas issued as U.S. technology grads struggle to find work

Competition, not citizenship, drives tech industries It is tough to pinpoint whether companies such as Microsoft, Facebook and Google bring in people with H-1B visas with the intention of getting the same quality of work for cheaper wages as they would get from a US. college graduate [“Do visas for skilled foreigners shut out U.S. tech…

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Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: college, education, gradutes

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