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.
Most Americans Accept Genetic Engineering of Animals That Benefits Human Health, but Many Oppose Other Uses
Americans’ concerns about animal biotechnology focus on risks to animals, humans and the ecosystem.
Public Views of Gene Editing for Babies Depend on How It Would Be Used
Americans are more likely to anticipate negative than positive effects from widespread use of gene-editing technology
Majority of Americans Believe It Is Essential That the U.S. Remain a Global Leader in Space
Majorities See Government Efforts to Protect the Environment as Insufficient
At the same time, Americans are closely divided over whether or not it is possible to cut back on regulations while still effectively protecting air and water quality.
The Science People See on Social Media
Science-related Facebook pages draw millions of followers but ‘news you can use’ posts or ads outnumber ones about scientific discoveries.
Mixed Messages about Public Trust in Science
America’s confidence in the scientific community appears to be relatively strong. But the degree of public trust in scientists across climate, food and medical issues varies, and many express moderate rather than strongly positive views.
Shareable facts on Americans’ views and attitudes toward automation technologies
Key findings from a @pewresearch study of Americans’ views of and experiences with automation
Automation in Everyday Life
Although Americans expect certain positive outcomes from developments in automation, they are worried and concerned about the implications of these technologies for society as a whole.
U.S. Public Trust in Science and Scientists
Lee Rainie, director of internet, science and technology, presented findings about Americans’ trust in scientists at the Aspen Ideas Festival, on June 27. He was part of a section of the Festival called, “The Genetic Revolution, Unintended Consequences, and the Public Trust.”