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What is your greatest fear about the influence of technology?

Posted September 10, 2018 through September 17, 2018 (190 Votes)
Privacy will become obsolete.
33.16%
Truth will no longer be ascertainable.
20.00%
Cybercrime and cyberwarfare will escalate.
11.58%
Artificial intelligence will take over.
7.37%
Mobile devices will cause health problems.
3.16%
Real-world relationships will suffer.
9.47%
Children won't experience the natural world.
15.26%


What is the Internet's greatest importance to you?

Posted September 3, 2018 through September 10, 2018 (196 Votes)
It's critical for my work.
28.57%
It has vastly improved my ability to access information.
56.12%
It has strengthened my social connections.
0.00%
It provides conveniences like online shopping and finance management.
4.08%
It's a great source of entertainment.
9.18%
It's not very important in my daily life.
2.04%


What is the best approach to preventing another tragedy like the mass shooting at the Madden tournament in Jacksonville?

Posted August 27, 2018 through September 3, 2018 (160 Votes)
Improve security at gaming events.
16.25%
Devote more resources to screening for mental health problems in schools.
24.38%
Take steps to discourage violence in video games and other entertainment.
6.25%
Make it more difficult to obtain guns.
30.63%
Hold gun owners responsible for others' use of their weapons.
7.50%
Improve enforcement of existing laws.
15.00%


Which tech social media influencer has the greatest influence on your thinking?

Posted August 20, 2018 through August 27, 2018 (106 Votes)
Blogger Robert Scoble
4.72%
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg
6.60%
Recode's Kara Swisher
3.77%
Tech Evangelist Guy Kawasaki
2.83%
Tesla and SpaceX's Elon Musk
25.47%
Twitter's Jack Dorsey
2.83%
Someone else
53.77%


What role will technology play in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections?

Posted August 13, 2018 through August 20, 2018 (86 Votes)
Advanced security measures will protect the legitimacy of the elections.
5.81%
Inadequate security will place the election process at grave risk.
25.58%
Voter technology is so decentralized, attackers can't have much impact.
10.47%
Companies that manufacture voting machines need to shore up their security.
11.63%
The upcoming midterms will be no better or worse than others from a tech standpoint.
46.51%


Do you believe that spending too much time viewing mobile device screens can be hazardous to one's health?

Posted August 6, 2018 through August 13, 2018 (134 Votes)
Absolutely -- it's unhealthy in many ways.
61.19%
Limits definitely should be set for children.
13.43%
It depends on the content -- it's not about the hardware.
8.21%
No -- not any more so than TV or radio.
8.96%
We should be cautious until there's more data about long-term effects.
8.21%


Which technology industry CEO do you admire the most?

Posted July 30, 2018 through August 6, 2018 (210 Votes)
Alphabet's Larry Page
8.10%
Amazon's Jeff Bezos
16.19%
Apple's Tim Cook
6.67%
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg
5.24%
Microsoft's Satya Nadella
10.48%
None of the above
53.33%


How do you react to online conspiracy theories?

Posted July 23, 2018 through July 30, 2018 (1029 Votes)
They're almost always factually wrong and they're dangerous.
87.17%
They're usually false but they're mostly harmless nonsense.
3.21%
They're used to create smokescreens for hiding government secrets.
1.26%
They're often true but are labeled "conspiracy theories" so people won't believe them.
2.53%
They should be taken seriously because in rare cases they are true.
1.55%
The term "conspiracy theory" has become a meaningless buzzword.
4.28%


How does the tech industry compare to other industries when it comes to diversity?

Posted July 16, 2018 through July 23, 2018 (105 Votes)
Tech firms have been working much harder than others to achieve diversity.
20.95%
Tech is rife with sexism, racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination.
13.33%
The tech industry would be more inclusive if there were more qualified applicants.
23.81%
Tech firms have made superficial efforts but they're mainly for show.
15.24%
The push for diversity is a cultural fad, and there is no real problem.
26.67%


How much are you willing to spend on a smartphone?

Posted July 9, 2018 through July 16, 2018 (235 Votes)
I'll spring for a top-of-the-line model, because my phone is extremely important to me.
16.60%
I'm content with a phone that's a couple of years old and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
52.34%
I'm a bargain smartphone shopper -- I'll take the best phone I can find that's free or close to it.
9.79%
I'm considering giving up my smartphone and getting a basic mobile phone instead.
9.36%
I don't own a smartphone and I don't want one.
11.91%


Is voice shopping the next big e-commerce thing?

Posted July 2, 2018 through July 9, 2018 (180 Votes)
Yes -- I already voice shop using an Amazon Echo.
1.67%
Yes -- I already voice shop using a Google Home.
0.56%
Maybe -- I'm considering using an Echo to voice shop.
7.22%
Maybe -- I'm considering using a Home to voice shop.
4.44%
No -- I've tried voice shopping and it's unsatisfactory.
6.11%
No -- I'm not at all interested in voice shopping.
80.00%


How do you feel about artificial intelligence systems that perform better than humans?

Posted June 25, 2018 through July 2, 2018 (153 Votes)
They are excellent tools for solving global problems.
28.10%
There's a grave danger that humans will lose control of them.
25.49%
They won't change the world, but they have many good, practical applications.
24.84%
Their big accomplishments, such as beating humans at games, seem pointless.
7.19%
AI is one more reason to consider living completely off the grid.
14.38%


Which company is most likely to hit the $1 trillion valuation milestone first?

Posted June 18, 2018 through June 25, 2018 (271 Votes)
Alphabet/Google
23.99%
Amazon
46.13%
Apple
21.03%
Microsoft
5.54%
A different company
3.32%


What might persuade you to try using cryptocurrency as a payment method?

Posted June 11, 2018 through June 18, 2018 (196 Votes)
If I understood it better;
14.80%
If more mainstream companies accepted it;
19.39%
If its valuation were more stable;
20.41%
If its use weren't associated with criminal activities;
14.29%
Nothing -- I will never use cryptocurrency.
31.12%


True or False? Smartphone addiction is a growing problem for individuals and society.

Posted June 4, 2018 through June 11, 2018 (294 Votes)
True. The damage caused by smartphones is irreversible.
17.69%
False. Smartphones are an indispensable tool.
4.08%
Mostly true. It's a problem, but there are solutions.
49.32%
Mostly false. It's only a problem for a few.
10.20%
True. Smartphone use should be regulated.
4.08%
False. Users are addicted to apps, not phones.
14.63%

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What do you think of commercial spaceflight?
It's the best hope for advancing space exploration.
It's little more than a hobby for billionaires.
It will result in highly profitable new industries, like space mining.
It will dramatically increase space junk and pollution.
It will offer the opportunity to establish a new way of life in space colonies.
It should be heavily regulated by governments.