Libraries at the Crossroads
Americans believe libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years.
Americans’ Internet Access:
The share of all U.S. adults who use the internet increased from 52% in 2000 to 84% today.
Cyber Attacks Likely to Increase
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. Many also predict effective counter moves will generally contain the damage.
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.
AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs
Experts envision automation and intelligent digital agents permeating vast areas of our work and personal lives by 2025, but they are divided on whether these advances will displace more jobs than they create.
Tech experts hope the open structure of the Internet will prevail in the coming decade; but they anticipate battles to preserve relatively unhindered connectivity.
The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025
Many experts say the rise of embedded and wearable computing will bring the next revolution in digital technology.
Older adults and technology
The Pew Research Center’s latest data on older adults and technology
Older Adults and Technology Use
Adoption is increasing, but many seniors remain isolated from digital life
Digital Life in 2025
Experts predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ — less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill