Internet & TechSeptember 26, 2016

Americans wary of using chip implants to boost brain power for the healthy

Thanks to scientific advancements, brain chip implants are already being tested in individuals to help them cope with an injury or ailment. But when it comes to the potential use of such implants to give an already healthy and capable person abilities that they do not currently have, Americans are more wary than enthusiastic. Some […]

Internet & TechSeptember 21, 2016

The state of privacy in post-Snowden America

After the June 2013 leaks by Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance of Americans’ communications, Pew Research Center began an in-depth exploration of people’s views and behaviors related to privacy. Here’s what we learned.

Internet & TechSeptember 13, 2016

Americans are wary of enhancements that could enable them to live longer and stronger

Despite the technological potential to help humans live longer and stronger, many U.S. adults are not ready to embrace these possibilities.

Internet & TechSeptember 7, 2016

13% of Americans don’t use the internet. Who are they?

Today, 13% of U.S. adults do not use the internet. The latest Pew Research Center analysis shows internet non-adoption is correlated to a number of demographic variables.

Internet & TechAugust 30, 2016

Americans skeptical about the potential use of synthetic blood

Americans are more worried than excited or enthusiastic about the potential for healthy people to use synthetic blood (63% vs. 36%). And a majority of Americans – roughly six-in-ten – said they would not want synthetic blood substitutes in their own body to improve their abilities, while 35% would be open to it.

Internet & TechAugust 26, 2016

Many Americans are wary of using gene editing for human enhancement

A new gene-editing method called CRISPR exemplifies how the technology is rapidly becoming a present-day reality. Yet, Americans are wary of editing embryos, according to a survey on the broader field of “human enhancement.”

Internet & TechJuly 25, 2016

Ride-hailing services are seen by minorities as a benefit to areas underserved by taxis

Americans who live in majority-minority communities are more likely than those who reside in predominately white neighborhoods to say that ride-hailing apps serve neighborhoods that taxis won’t visit.

Internet & TechJuly 12, 2016

28% of Americans are ‘strong’ early adopters of technology

Technology is changing the ways people seek and get knowledge, communicate and work. But Americans still tend to embrace familiarity over newness when it comes to their choices of new products

Internet & TechJune 30, 2016

Sharing and on-demand services attract a small but active group of ‘super users’

The sharing and on-demand economy has grown in the U.S., and some Americans are “super users”: 7% have used six or more shared and on-demand online services.

Internet & TechMay 23, 2016

Q&A: The impact and evolution of the sharing economy

We interviewed Arun Sundararajan, a professor of information, operations and management sciences at New York University, and a leading expert on the sharing economy. Sundararajan is the author of the recently released book “The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism.”