Future of the Internet III: How the Experts See It
A survey of internet leaders and analysts finds they expect the phone to become a primary device for online access, artificial and virtual reality to become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself to improve. But they disagree about whether this will lead to more social tolerance or better home lives.
The Future of the Internet III
Turf Wars: A Fight Over Fake Grass
Debates in a handful of states really are pitting those who back the artificial variety of turf against supporters of natural grass for playgrounds and athletic fields.
The Internet has become America’s playground with the great majority of those online now using the web to pursue leisure-time interests from genealogy and collecting to gambling.
States Scramble for Gambling Jackpot
Fed up seeing their residents dole out millions of dollars at out-of-state casinos and tracks, more than a dozen states this year worked on dramatically expanding gambling within their own borders.
The Surprising Impact of Global Warming on Tourism
Which countries will win, which ones will lose in the race for tourism dollars as global warming heats up. (Hint: Book that Mongolian vacation now.) And did embedded reporters slant the news in Iraq?
Americans to Rest of World: Soccer Not Really Our Thing
Just 4% of U.S adults here say soccer is their favorite sport to watch.
Gambling: As the Take Rises, So Does Public Concern
A new study from the Pew Research Center finds a modest backlash in attitudes toward legalized gambling, even as the public is spending more money on more forms of legal gambling.
Addicted to Gambling
Although a handful of states are moving this year to ban certain types of electronic gambling machines, experts say tax-averse states are growing increasingly dependent on gambling revenues while ignoring the social cost of problem gamblers.
Increasingly, Americans Prefer Going to the Movies at Home
As the summer blockbuster movie season begins, a new Pew Research Center survey finds three-quarters of all adults now say they would prefer to watch movies at home, up from 67% in 1994.