Internet & TechDecember 10, 2018

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans

Experts say the rise of artificial intelligence will make most people better off over the next decade, but many have concerns about how advances in AI will affect what it means to be human, to be productive and to exercise free will.

ScienceNovember 19, 2018

Public Perspectives on Food Risks

Majorities of Americans see at least some risk from food produced using hormones, antibiotics, pesticides or artificial ingredients; half the public says that foods with genetically modified ingredients are worse for one’s health than foods without.

Internet & TechNovember 16, 2018

Public Attitudes Toward Computer Algorithms

Despite the growing presence of algorithms in daily life, the U.S. public expresses broad concerns over the fairness and effectiveness of computer programs making important decisions.

Media & NewsOctober 15, 2018

Social Media Bots Draw Public’s Attention and Concern

About two-thirds of Americans have heard about social media bots. Many are concerned that bots are used maliciously and negatively affect how well-informed Americans are about current events.

GlobalSeptember 13, 2018

In Advanced and Emerging Economies Alike, Worries About Job Automation

Average citizens around the world see a technological revolution coming in the workplace, and they are concerned. Many fear robots and computers will eliminate jobs and increase inequality.

Internet & TechSeptember 10, 2018

About a quarter of rural Americans say access to high-speed internet is a major problem

Fast, reliable internet service has become broadly essential. But 24% of rural U.S. adults say access to high-speed internet is a major problem in their community.

Internet & TechSeptember 5, 2018

Many Facebook users don’t understand how the site’s news feed works

Around half of U.S. adults who use Facebook say they do not understand why certain posts but not others are included in their news feed. Older users are particularly likely to say they do not understand the workings of the news feed.

Internet & TechSeptember 5, 2018

Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook

Just over half of Facebook users have adjusted privacy settings in the past year. Around four-in-ten have taken a break from checking for several weeks or more.

ScienceAugust 31, 2018

As debris piles up, Americans are skeptical enough will be done to limit space junk

Thousands of space launches have spawned a massive orbital junkyard. Many Americans are doubtful private companies will keep space clean of debris.

ScienceAugust 20, 2018

A majority of Americans support using biotechnology to grow human organs in animals for transplants

Almost six-in-ten Americans consider it an appropriate use of technology to genetically engineer animals to grow organs or tissues that could be used for humans needing a transplant, while 41% say this would be going too far.