Analysis: smart phones and brain drains

As we use our mobile phones to do more and more things, we are paradoxically able to accomplish less — even when the phones are face down and turned off.

My last column explored how smart glasses (“heads up display” or “HUDs”) will increase the amount of digital information we look at, with the ironic twist that these same devices will erode our shared experience of reality. But we don’t need to look to a future technology to see how challenging it is to pay attention to what’s around us.  We already carry a dislocating technology around in our pockets: our phones. (more)

Analysis: how much privacy should we expect?

Internet users receive a host of free information and access to online services, but reduced privacy is part of the deal.

Every year since 2000, the Digital Future Survey has found that large numbers of Americans worry about violations of their personal privacy online.

In a sense, internet users enter into a social contract whereby they are willing to give up some of their privacy for the free services and information that flow their way online. (more)

Web Insight: Uber and Lyft aren't just urban phenomena

Each week we examine a new key development in digital technology to clarify how the world uses the Web today — and how it will change tomorrow.

Our current topic comes from the Center’s upcoming study on transportation and digital technology: does using get-a-ride services like Uber and Lyft vary in urban, suburban, and rural communities?  

Explore the current Web Insight topic here.

Center to release first study on digital technology and transportation in the United States

This month, the Center for the Digital Future will release its first study that explores how technology is affecting the views and behavior of Americans and their transportation.

Digital technology has produced the most significant transformation in transportation since the release of the Model T.  The Center’s study explores these changes in a national survey that includes more than 100 issues involving personal cars and public transportation, emerging opportunities such as get-a-ride services and occasional-use car programs, and views about self-driving cars.

Sign up to get a free copy of the Future of Transportation report later this month.

Update — Brad Berens, Ph.D., chief strategy officer at the Center and project lead for the Future of Transportation Project, discussed opportunities and challenges for the transportation industry with Peter Kosak, executive director of General Motors’ Urban Mobility Program, in an interview published in the Oracle Data Cloud Blog.  Read the interview here.

Center director Jeff Cole explores "cutting the cord"

Center director Jeffrey Cole highlights the unbundling of content from cable providers, pricing models, and new consumer behavior at 2015 annual leadership meeting of the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

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