Data, Drones, and the Internet of Things
The devices, advancements and technologies that encompass the 'Internet of Things' offer Americans connectivity once never thought possible. Because of this, and the data science that fuels such innovation, we have a future of endless possibilities. That's why citizens and communities will need to better understand the policies, responsibilities and factors that will shape the development of the Internet of Things- and our lives- in the years to come. Here, Americans sound off.
Majority of consumers know at least something about the Internet of Things
How much have you seen, read or heard about the Internet of Things (IoT), which are devices such as thermostats, fitness trackers, smart TVs or other sensors that are connected to and in some cases controlled through the Internet?
And they consider IoT’s ability to amplify safety as the most useful application
Which one of these Internet of Things applications do you consider most significant?
Devices that can determine if there is a leak in an oil pipeline or local water system
Cars that can prevent accidents before they occur
Remote heart monitoring
Connected thermostats or lightbulbs
Don't know / no opinion
Adults overwhelmingly recognize the importance of data science skills and education
How important are each of the following when dealing with America’s future challenges?
Having a strong educations system to supply future scientists and engineers
Having capable data scientists / computer programmers
Having a sophisticated data collection / analysis system
Having access to lots of data
And a majority say data science makes their cities and communities better
How do you think improving data science and the role of data in society will generally impact cities and communities like yours?
3 in 4 voters are generally aware of drones...
How much have you seen, read or heard about drones recently?
...Though express concern regarding their safety and potential for intrusion
Are you concerned that drones...
Could violate other people's privacy
Could be used in a terrorist attack
Pose a danger to other aircraft, such as airplanes or helicopters
Pose a danger to people on the ground
Despite strong concern, adults express overwhelming support for the application of drones in everyday society
Do you support allowing the use of drones for...
Surveying disaster zones to improve recovery efforts
Monitoring infrastructure like pipelines, energy plants or railroads
Performing safety inspections on roads and bridges
Filming TV shows, movies or sporting events
General commercial purposes
Delivering packages from companies such as Amazon or UPS