U.S. Public Wary of Biomedical Technologies to ‘Enhance’ Human Abilities
Americans are more worried than enthusiastic about using gene editing, brain chip implants and synthetic blood to change human capabilities
American Voices on Ways Human Enhancement Could Shape Our Future
Focus group participants discuss biomedical developments that could boost the performance of people’s bodies and brains
The scientific and ethical dimensions of striving for perfection
Research in the Crowdsourcing Age, a Case Study
How scholars, companies and workers are using Mechanical Turk, a ‘gig economy’ platform, for tasks computers can’t handle.
Half of Americans Say Threats From Infectious Diseases Are Growing
The rise of the Zika virus has caught public attention, and people are particularly worried about its threat to pregnant women
Social Media and the Workplace
Workers turn to social media for a range of reasons while at work, with taking a mental break and connecting with friends and family being among the most common.
Shared, Collaborative and On Demand: The New Digital Economy
The sharing economy and on-demand services are weaving their way into the lives of many Americans, raising difficult issues around jobs, regulation and the potential emergence of a new digital divide.
Libraries and Learning
Most Americans think that local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families well. But many do not know about key education services libraries provide.
Lifelong Learning and Technology
A large majority of Americans seek extra knowledge for personal and work-related reasons. Digital technology plays a notable role in these knowledge pursuits, but place-based learning remains vital to many.
Public Predictions for the Future of Workforce Automation
A majority of Americans predict that within 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work currently done by humans, but few expect their own jobs to experience substantial impacts.