A few things to explore ahead of today’s Apple announcements:

As of January 2014:

  •     90% of American adults have a cell phone
  •     58% of American adults have a smartphone
  •     32% of American adults own an e-reader
  •     42% of American adults own a tablet computer
"I don’t think the human race can retire en masse by 2025."

— Fred Baker on the future of AI, robotics, and jobs.

  • In 2013, an estimated 165,100 Americans worked as computer network support specialists, 141,270 as computer network architects, and 78,020 as information security analysts. None of those occupations existed on their own in 1999.
  • Last year there were an estimated 112,820 web developers, another job classification that didn’t exist in 1999 (despite the dot-com mania that was cresting that year). 

We compared the 2013 occupations list with the one for 1999, the earliest with a similar structure. While most of the 800 or so jobs were unchanged, there were some notable differences showing how new technologies already are affecting employment.

More on the future of AI/robotics

More on the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web

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 will arise from efforts by nations to restrict content, increased surveillance, and commercialization of too much online activity.

We’ve got a NEW REPORT from our expert series out today, and we’ll be spending the day talking all things future of the internet, the Web at 25, and the threats that face the Net in the coming decade. Follow along here and on Twitter with #web25.

63% of Americans think it would be a bad thing if U.S. airspace opened to personal drones.

fastcompany:

So Meta: 3-D Print This Chart About 3-D Printing
See just how far 3-D printing has come in the past decade—with this 3-D printable chart that turns data into a fun toy.
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fastcompany:

So Meta: 3-D Print This Chart About 3-D Printing

See just how far 3-D printing has come in the past decade—with this 3-D printable chart that turns data into a fun toy.

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From driverless cars to delivery drones, a new generation of robots is about to revolutionize the way people work, drive and shop. But there is one area where robots are already entrenched and spreading fast: the industrial sector, especially manufacturing and storage.

Robots have long toiled alongside workers in factories and warehouses, where they load boxes with items ordered online, drill and weld car parts, or move food from one conveyor belt to the next.

Now many experts worry about the dangers that robots pose to the humans who work alongside them.

(Source: futurescope)

More on how to use tech like a teenager

Tags: teens tech

Last night’s episode of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” featured what we have found 48% of Americans would like to do: ride in a driverless car.

College graduates are particularly interested in giving driverless cars a try: 59% of them would do so, while 62% of those with a high school diploma or less would not. There is also a geographical split on this issue: Half of urban (52%) and suburban (51%) residents are interested in driverless cars, but just 36% of rural residents say this is something they’d find appealing.

Would you ride in a driverless car?

mashable:

This Themed Thursday our theme is…Drones!
Drones can do everything from filming weddings, examining pipelines, carrying advertising banners and even playing music! 

Throughout the day we will be posting and reblogging our favorite drone news and projects. To start, here is a primer on drone laws.

futurescope:

A Vision of the Future From Those Likely to Invent It
Entertaining read from The Upshot. Insights via Marc Andreessen, Reid Hoffman, Clara Shih, Peter Thiel, Sebastian Thrun, Ev Williams and Susan Wojcick.

From employment to leisure and transportation to education, tech is changing the world at a faster pace than ever before. Already, people wear computers on their faces, robots scurry through factories and battlefields and driverless cars dot the highway that cuts through Silicon Valley. Almost two-thirds of Americans think technological change will lead to a better future, while about one-third think people’s lives will be worse as a result, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center. Regardless, expect more change. In a series of interviews, which have been condensed and edited, seven people who are driving this transformation provided a glimpse into the not-too-distant future.


33% of Americans expect to live in a world in which humans have long-term colonies on other planets.  More on U.S. views of the future of technology: http://pewrsr.ch/P0LBlm

futurescope:

A Vision of the Future From Those Likely to Invent It

Entertaining read from The Upshot. Insights via Marc Andreessen, Reid Hoffman, Clara Shih, Peter Thiel, Sebastian Thrun, Ev Williams and Susan Wojcick.

From employment to leisure and transportation to education, tech is changing the world at a faster pace than ever before. Already, people wear computers on their faces, robots scurry through factories and battlefields and driverless cars dot the highway that cuts through Silicon Valley. Almost two-thirds of Americans think technological change will lead to a better future, while about one-third think people’s lives will be worse as a result, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center. Regardless, expect more change. In a series of interviews, which have been condensed and edited, seven people who are driving this transformation provided a glimpse into the not-too-distant future.

33% of Americans expect to live in a world in which humans have long-term colonies on other planets.  More on U.S. views of the future of technology: http://pewrsr.ch/P0LBlm

mashable:

Photographer Jim Golden's new project Relics of Technology is a collection of still images and animated GIFs that feature forgotten contraptions of the past.

Our recent survey with Smithsonian magazine on Americans’ attitudes toward the future of science and technology found some striking differences between women and men in their hopes and fears about the future. Here are a few key themes.

Technology adoption among seniors has been increasing slowly but surely. Today, 77% of seniors have a cell phone,  59% use the internet, and almost half have broadband at home. Those still trail the national average, but they have been steadily increasing since we began tracking these metrics way back in 2000.

We also found that the senior population is far from homogeneous—there are two distinct “camps” within the older adult population when it comes to technology use:

  1. The first group of seniors is fairly plugged in—they own a fair number of technology assets, have integrated these tools into their lives, and view that connectivity as a positive thing. This group is relatively young, educated, affluent.
  2. The other camp is largely disconnected from the digital world. They don’t use technology to any great degree, they would not feel comfortable learning how on their own, and in many cases they don’t feel like they are missing out on too much. This group is both older and less affluent, and they often have significant health or disability issues that make it challenging for them to use technology.

More in our NEW REPORT that examines the place that technology holds in older adults’ lives.

6% of online adults are reddit users. Are you one of them? If so, join our director and Internet/tech expert Lee Rainie for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) today at 3pm Eastern. If not, and you’ve been waiting for the right moment to jump into the social site known as the “front page of the Internet,” now’s your chance!
Have any questions about our research you’ve always wanted answered? Perfect time!

6% of online adults are reddit users. Are you one of them? If so, join our director and Internet/tech expert Lee Rainie for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) today at 3pm Eastern. If not, and you’ve been waiting for the right moment to jump into the social site known as the “front page of the Internet,” now’s your chance!

Have any questions about our research you’ve always wanted answered? Perfect time!