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…More
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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…More
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…More
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…More
Advancing technology could make a large impact on our lives
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.
Dangerous for driving and other physical tasks
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.
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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More