14 striking findings from 2014
In 2014, Pew Research Center published more than 150 reports and some 600 blog posts. Here are 14 facts we found particularly striking, as they illustrate some major shifts in our politics, society, habits or families.
Cyber Attacks Likely to Increase Experts Say
Experts believe nations, rogue groups, and malicious individuals will step up their assaults on communications networks, targeting institutions, financial services agencies, utilities, and consumers over the next decade.
Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age
Experts foresee changes across all aspects of life as digital connectivity advances. They predict hyper-personalized interactions, 3D holograms, immersive virtual reality and a deepening dependency upon machines as we navigate our lives.
Census: Computer ownership, internet connection varies widely across U.S.
Nearly 25 years after the birth of the world wide web, most Americans have computers and internet access, but the nation remains a patchwork of connectivity, with some metro areas full of high-speed connections and others much less plugged in.
AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs
Experts anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of our work and daily lives by 2025, but they are divided on whether these advances will displace more jobs than they create.
CDC: Two of every five U.S. households have only wireless phones
Two of every five U.S. households have no landline phones, but the growth rate of cord-cutting slowed last year.
Threats to the Internet Loom in Near Future
Tech experts hope the open structure of the internet will prevail in the coming decade. But they also fear threats to the internet’s connectivity arising from efforts by nations to restrict content, increased surveillance, and commercialization of too much online activity.
The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025
Experts predict the rise of embedded and wearable computing will enhance our health, productivity, safety and access to information. But it will also bring challenges to personal privacy, over-hyped expectations and tech complexity that boggles us.
Men more optimistic than women about future technological changes
There are some striking differences between women and men in their hopes and fears about the future.
The Next America
America is in the midst of two major changes to its population: We are becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. Explore these shifts in our new interactive data essay.