10 ;e Costco Connection MAY 2016
DEBATE GOES ON
In response to the April Debate: “Are we ready for
NO While the technology has come a long way, there
are too many variables in driving that cannot be fully
programmed into an automobile: weather, high traffic volumes and (what concerns me most) the potential for a system failure and no backup system where
the driver can take back control of the vehicle.
—John Hawkins, from facebook.com/Costco
YES With infrared and night vision, self-driving cars
will see 100 times better and react quicker than any
human. If you think the technology is coming too
fast, you need to understand that this has been [in
the works] for more than 30 years.
—Gary Funk, from facebook.com/Costco
More on self-driving cars
[In his “No” essay in the April Debate] Patrick
Lin, director of the Ethics and Emerging Sciences
Group at California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo, expresses concern about liability if
a robot car would get into an accident in self-driving mode.
In my view, it would clearly be the car itself that
would most likely be liable. Remember, it filled
[itself] up with 10 percent ethanol/alcohol gasoline
and [therefore] drove under the influence!
—Sebastian Lamb, Boise, Idaho
I am happy to know there are current-day
heroes like Denis Hayes who have chosen to actively
take the lead in creating a model of sustainable
development that helps our planet and our health.
We just need to follow this example. Our lives
and future generations depend on it.
—Patricia Westbrook, Cape Coral, Florida
The story on Denis Hayes and the Bullitt
Foundation building is inspiring, and full of good
ways to reduce our consumption of resources. One
topic that didn’t get enough attention in the story,
however, may ultimately be the most important,
namely, where these green buildings are built. Passing
mention was made of the world-wide trend toward
urbanization, but we’re going to need much more
than a “trend” if we want to have a hospitable climate
in the second half of the 21st century. (The die is
already cast for the first half—the greenhouse gases
like carbon dioxide are already in the atmosphere.)
—Dr. Alex Kelter, West Sacramento, California
Nice article on Denis Hayes, his history and
what he has accomplished [“Building the future,”
One correction: Many individuals previous to
April 1970 were working toward our country being
industrially productive and doing it in a way such
that the environment was/is not killed off.
More critical to that occurring, and what truly
created the environment for the Environmental
Protection Agency to be born, was the creation of
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
—Jon E. Oleinick, City of Industry, California
I always enjoy reading The Costco Connection. I
especially enjoy the finance articles. I found your
editorial a little bit humorous when you suggested
we take advice from the federal government [“From
the Editor’s Desk,” April 2016]. The “MyMoneyFive”
suggestions are all good ideas. Maybe our friends in
the government should pay attention to the “budget
and live within your means” idea. Maybe someday.
—Dion Clancy, Reno, Nevada
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