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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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0 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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0 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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0 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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0 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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0 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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0 Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: college, education, gradutes

April 29, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Study finds no STEM-graduate shortage

Need for STEM graduates is indisputable The Economic Policy Institute study presents a picture of America’s STEM-worker shortage and STEM-education crisis that is vastly different from authoritative research on this topic [“Study: Shortage of U.S. STEM graduates a myth,” Business, April 25]. Most researchers agree there are not enough qualified workers to fill currently vacant American jobs…

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0 Comments | Topics: college, Economic Policy Institute, education