Why Are Americans Good at Technology?

Why Are Americans Good at Technology?
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  • Roughly three-quarters of Americans (74%) think the impact of major technology companies on their own lives has been more good than bad, while 24% say the opposite.(More…)
  • African Americans are more likely than the general population to view technology as playing a positive role during church service.(More…)


  • A slightly smaller majority of Americans (63%) think the impact of these companies on society as a whole has been more good than bad.(More…)



Roughly three-quarters of Americans (74%) think the impact of major technology companies on their own lives has been more good than bad, while 24% say the opposite. [1] On a personal level, 74% of Americans say major technology companies and their products and services have had more of a positive than a negative impact on their own lives. [1]

When asked about the political views that major technology companies support, fewer than half of Americans (43%) say these companies support the views of liberals and conservatives equally. [1] When asked a separate question about whether major technology companies support the views of men or women, a majority of Americans (58%) say these companies support the views of men and women equally. [1] In the midst of an ongoing debate over the power of digital technology companies and the way they do business, sizable shares of Americans believe these companies privilege the views of certain groups over others. [1] In the latest installment of the simmering trade war, the Trump administration reportedly plans to impose restrictions on Chinese investments in U.S. technology companies and American technology exports to China. [2] A majority of Americans belonging to or leaning toward each party say major technology companies are about as ethical as companies in other industries. [1]

Something like it is vitally needed for the United States, especially with our abundance and reliance on technology. [3] China has ambitious plans to overhaul its economy and compete head to head with the United States and other nations in the technology of tomorrow. [4] The position is responsible for supporting the unique business needs and objectives of departments/divisions within the American Chemistry Council (ACC) through the translation of articulated business requirements into robust technology solutions. [5] What those devices contained was more valuable than gold or jewels: designs from an American company, Micron Technology, for microchips that have helped power the global digital revolution. [4]

American Technology Consulting offers an end-to-end fully customized service. [6] About ATC American Technology Consulting (ATC) is perfectly positioned to assist organizations with direct-hire and staff augmentation services. [6]

U.S. companies can save as much as 10 percent by technology outsourcing, whether the worker is in the United States or overseas. [7]

African Americans are more likely than the general population to view technology as playing a positive role during church service. [8] Through a series of surveys that we did on our own and in conjunction with others, we started to learn more and decided that this was a great opportunity to have for a broader conversation about how people, African Americans in particular, are using technology tools to broaden and enhance their faith. [8] “All possibilities that would better protect American technology, including potential changes to export controls, are under review.” [9] World Wi-Fi Day is here, and it’s a time to celebrate and reflect on the game-changing technology that has enhanced the lives of Americans in just about every way. [10] According to a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday, the Treasury is planning to introduce new curbs on the Chinese ownership of U.S. technology firms, which would effectively amount to a ban on Chinese firms buying up American ones. [9]


A slightly smaller majority of Americans (63%) think the impact of these companies on society as a whole has been more good than bad. [1] 36% of Americans say the impact of these companies on society as a whole has on balance been more bad than good. [1]

Notably, Americans who have not graduated from college express somewhat more negative views about the impact these companies have had on their own lives, as well as on society as a whole. [1] A slight majority feels these companies support the views of one side of the partisan spectrum over the other: 43% of Americans say the companies support the views of liberals over conservatives, while 11% say they support the views of conservatives over liberals. [1] Majorities of Americans feel these companies create products and services that mostly benefit people who already have advantages in life (64% think this describes these companies well) and that they often fail to anticipate how their products and services will impact society (65%). [1] When presented with several statements that might describe these firms, a 65% majority of Americans feel the statement “they often fail to anticipate how their products and services will impact society” describes them well – while just 24% think these firms “do enough to protect the personal data of their users.” [1]

Along with companies? perceived support of certain political viewpoints, roughly seven-in-ten Americans (72%) think it likely that social media companies intentionally censor political viewpoints that those companies find objectionable – with 35% saying they find this very likely. [1] Only 3% of Americans think these companies can be trusted to do what is right just about all of the time, notably smaller than the share (14%) that thinks they can hardly ever be trusted. [1] A minority of Americans think these companies can be trusted to do the right thing just about always (3%) or most of the time (25%), and roughly half the public (51%) thinks they should be regulated more than they are now. [1]

A majority of Americans (69%) say these companies are no more or less ethical than companies in other industries. [1] When asked about the broader societal impact, a majority of Americans continue to feel positively, but the share saying the good outweighs the bad falls to 63%. [1] 29% of college graduates describe the societal impact as more bad than good, as do 39% among Americans who have not graduated from college. [1]

There’s a good chance the restrictions would lead to unintended consequences: Faced with uncertain crackdowns on their exports from the U.S., American tech companies could shift more production overseas, rather than risk restrictions on their outbound American-made goods. [2] An iPhone, which is nominally an American product that sells well in China, isn?t actually an American export to China because the phones are mostly assembled in ? China. [2] Restricting what American tech companies can sell to China doesn?t ultimately prevent many of those companies from selling to China, because of their global supply chains. [2]

Preventing Chinese companies from investing a few million here and there on American startups might make it harder for said startups to raise money, but it changes the competitive balance going forward hardly at all. [2] On other questions, there are more pronounced differences between the attitudes of older and younger Americans – with older adults typically taking a more broadly pessimistic view of these firms and their overall impact. [1] Americans also are generally downbeat about the role and impact of tech firms when presented with statements about those firms. [1]

This survey finds that a substantial share of Americans – especially those with conservative political leanings – agree with these arguments. [1] A 2017 survey by the Center found that the vast majority of Americans think these platforms have a responsibility to step in when their users are engaging in harassing behavior. [1]

For instance, they have comparable levels of trust in major technology firms to consistently do what is right; are equally likely to think that these companies support the views of a particular gender or political affiliation over others; and are equally likely to say the impact of these companies on society as a whole has been more good than bad. [1] A majority of Republicans (64%) think major technology companies as a whole support the views of liberals over conservatives. [1] A majority of Republicans say technology firms support the views of liberals over conservatives and that social media platforms censor political viewpoints. [1]

Some 64% of Republicans (including Republican-leaning independents) say major technology companies support the views of liberals over conservatives, and just 28% say these companies support the views of liberals and conservatives equally. [1] The view that major technology companies are more supportive of certain political views is particularly widespread among Republicans. [1] The belief that technology companies are politically biased and/or engaged in suppression of political speech is especially widespread among Republicans. [1]

I never said that! High-tech deception of ‘deepfake’ videos Concern rising that U.S. adversaries will use new technology to make phony but authentic-looking videos to influence political campaigns, jeopardize. [11] Innovative applications of new digital technology present opportunities for social and human services to reach more people with greater impact on our most vexing social problems. [12] Policy recommendations for meeting the Grand Challenge to Harness Technology for Social Good (Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative Policy Brief No. 8). [12]

A bit like HIPAA, the new GDPR makes some great data handling suggestions without tying it to a specific technology, even though certain kinds of tech, like encryption, will likely factor into most protection plans. [3] David Blankenhorn, chief technology officer at public IT solutions firm DLT Solutions, explains how government leaders can leverage the Internet of Things and cloud computing to make city planning and design more efficient. [13] Asked about the relative clout of eight different groups or entities, just over half the public (55%) says technology companies have too much power and influence, similar to the share (57%) that thinks the energy industry has an outsize influence on the economy today. [1] For instance, larger shares of older adults think major technology companies often fail to anticipate how their products and services will impact society, that these companies have too much power and influence in today’s society, and that they should be regulated more than they are currently. [1] Just over half (57%) of Democrats and Democratic leaners think major technology companies should be regulated more heavily than they are now, but that share falls to 44% among Republicans and Republican leaners. [1] Just 24% think these firms “do enough to protect users? personal data” – and 75% feel this is not an accurate description of major technology companies. [1]

More to the point, U.S. technology companies don?t export that much to China. [2] Even by a generous definition of technology that includes aircraft parts, U.S. technology exports to China amounted to less than $30 billion in 2017, out of total trade with China in goods and services in excess of $700 billion. [2] As for restrictions on U.S. technology exports to China, those too are a pinprick. [2]

Compare that with more than more than $70 billion in venture funding for U.S. tech startups last year, plus another $150 billion in private equity funding for technology companies. [2] Overall, the public expresses modest levels of trust in major technology companies to do what is right. [1] More broadly, the public places technology companies somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of their overall power in the economy relative to other industries and commercial entities. [1]

Their responses highlight an undercurrent of public unease about the technology industry and its broader role in society. [1] Although differing shares of older and younger adults adopt and use various technologies in their own lives, their views of the technology industry itself diverge in certain ways but align in others. [1]

Most of what U.S. tech companies sell to China does not show up as U.S. exports because the products aren?t made in the United States. [2] Like the United States, the tech industry is a collection of people with exceptional skills and backgrounds. [14] Right now, the world is having a discussion on how best to govern and create policies around emerging technology like artificial intelligence, digital taxation, and data flows. [14] The Deloitte 2017 North America Technology Fast 500 winners underscore the impact of technological innovation and world-class customer service in driving growth in a fiercely competitive environment. [15] Explore your options for a variety of technology products and services. [16]

You shouldn’t have to spend money for us to prove we can do a better job at supporting your small business technology than your current provider period. [17]

If you are looking for fast-growing technology companies releasing new, emerging technologies, you have come to the right place! Representing industries from software to biotech, Fast 500 companies play in the SaaS, cloud computing, data analytics, and mobile sectors. [15] Combining technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and rapid growth, Fast 500 companies–large, small, public, and private–hail from cities far and wide across North America and are disrupting the technology industry. [15]

In time, blockchain could turn American society on its head, and at the same time make our major institutions, and the places we live, more inclusive. [18] Trump administration officials in a report this year recounted how Chinese officials have at times helped local companies get intellectual property from American firms, including in the energy, electronics, software and avionics sectors. [4] The only good I can think of is that American companies are heavily invested in cyber security as a result so some jobs have been created I guess. [19] American companies profit from this a lot, the problem is not the jobs lost to China, because they aren’t really lost, it’s actually extra work done for Americans that Americans don’t have to do themselves. [19] Politicians in Washington and American companies accuse China of veering into intimidation and outright theft to get there. [4] American business groups worried about Made in China 2025 point to Micron. [4]

The account takes its name from a blockbuster 1960 study titled “The American Voter,” which found that people often do not have policy views that are consistently liberal or conservative [20] The American Voter Bot is a Twitter account that posts a profile of a U.S. voter every hour based on Harvard’s 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Study, which polled 64,600 adults on a range of political topics, from their policy preferences to the votes they cast in the presidential election. [20] She is in favor of increasing police presence on American streets, even it if means fewer funds for other public services, and wants to “increase prison sentences for felons who have already committed two or more serious or violent crimes.” [20]

With the advent of facial recognition technology in products like iPhones, and recent data breaches at major companies such as Facebook, concern over the effects of AI in daily human life is as strong as ever. [21] It later also turned down several partnership offers from Chinese companies out of concern for protecting its technology, said a person with knowledge of the situation, who asked not to be identified because the person lacked authorization to speak publicly. [4] Then Micron was the target of the heist in Taiwan, according to officials there and a lawsuit the company has brought against the Taiwanese company that employed the engineers, UMC, and the Chinese company it says wanted access to the technology, Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Company. [4] Two years ago, Jinhua tapped UMC, a Taiwanese company, to help it develop technology for the factory. [4]

The Chemical Products and Technology Division (CPTD) represents more than 70 self-funded, chemical-specific groups focused on the business of chemistry. [5] Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. [22]

Welcome, President Koubek! #firstday #the10thpresident #onthejob #huskynation Featured image from facebook post Yesterday – Today Michigan Tech also welcomes four new deans: Janet Callahan (College of Engineering), David Hemmer (College of Sciences and Arts), Adrienne Minerick (School of Technology), and Andrew Storer (School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences). [22] Actively assists other members of the Information Technology staff in the area of staff development and job skill growth. [5]

The heist of the designs two years ago and the raids last year, which were described by Micron in court filings and the police in Taiwan, represent the dark side of that effort — and explain in part why the United States is starting a trade war with China. [4] Micron grew suspicious, according to its court documents, after discovering that one of its departing engineers had turned to Google for instructions on how to wipe a company laptop. Later, at a recruiting event in the United States aimed at Micron employees, Jinhua and UMC showed PowerPoint slides that used Micron’s internal code names when discussing future chips it would make, according to the court documents. [4]

It also occurs when foreign-born tech workers are given H-1B visas to work for companies in the United States. [7] Technology is also what allows U.S. companies to outsource more call centers to India. [7] Reducing technology outsourcing through reducing the visa, or even enacting laws prohibiting outsourcing, will only raise costs, and reduce competitiveness, for U.S. based companies. [7]

Don Westermann, Eastern’s chief information officer, said the $11 billion-asset company also didn?t set out to build technology for other companies but rather was focused on building tools to help its customers. [23] The governments of China and India often require this type of technology outsourcing for a company to get an inside track to selling its products to that country’s market. [7] The $1.3 billion-asset company began licensing some of the technology it developed in-house after receiving inquiries from other institutions about the products, said Jay Tuli, executive vice president of retail banking and residential lending. [23]

He said selling the technology to other banks takes time, but once clients are on board it’s easier to sell them other products. [23]

A U.S. technology company must keep its costs low to compete in the global marketplace. [7] Often a company must locate manufacturing and technology jobs overseas if it wants access to the domestic market. [7]

The Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI) is an AMA initiative that brings together the health and technology sectors around a common data model–a shared framework for organizing health data, emphasizing patient centric information and refining data elements to achieve better outcomes. [24]

Another innovation studio, Health2047, is an AMA-backed venture that develops digital solutions by uniting technology firms, product companies, providers and payers with AMA’s expertise and physician relationships. [24]

An American software developer said domestic workers cost five to seven times as much as Indian workers 10 years ago. [7] Four billion straws! There were only 114 million Americans at the time, so that’s 35 straws per capita (though some were exported). [25]

Americans like to think of themselves as the most innovative people in the world. [26] As America’s internet service providers reach more people than ever before–over 90 percent of households in the U.S.–in turn, Americans are consuming more content than ever before. [10]

Why does Uber have this fantastic technology that none of the other cab companies are utilizing to their advantage?” When I read and re-read the issue at hand, it looks like because the owners of the company have devised a system that is rooted in cloud based technology that incorporates android and iphones and their ability to map and mark exactly where the client is requesting pick up service. [27] In this 30-minute webinar, Brian Delle Donne and Jonathan Kestenbaum of Talent Tech Labs will look at advances in talent acquisition technology and the offerings available to staffing companies right now. [28]

Perhaps it is due to Americans? newfound wariness of the valley’s technology and its impacts on society and politics. [26] U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology Inc said on Tuesday it had not yet received an injunction banning chip sales in mainland China referred to earlier in the day by Taiwan-based competitor United Microelectronics Corp. [29] The new curbs, which are designed to protect U.S. intellectual property — something President Donald Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro described last week as the country’s “crown jewels of technology” — would most likely be brought about under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977. [9]

If the founder, Travis Kalanick, who started the company in 2009 back in San Fransisco has much to say about it, Uber will keep on truckin’ in DC with the better technology that they have created as a system to streamline their business of satisfying their clients. [27] What doesn’t make the list is uber detrimental to the rest of the cabbies and car services out there who are behind the times in the ways of technology. [27] People are turning to mobile technology to connect with faith practices, whether it’s online streaming, apps or social media. [8] Google’s delayed entry into a consortium of advertising technology companies has spoiled the members’ push to comply with a new European privacy law, six people involved in the program told Reuters, leaving some firms exposed to fines. [29]

Worries that a broadening trade war between the United States and China will upend the global supply chain are prompting some U.S. fund managers to buy shares of companies they believe will shield them from such disruptions. [29] “Some people think that dialogue and debate can help the United States defeat its current tribalism. [30]

RANKED SELECTED SOURCES(30 source documents arranged by frequency of occurrence in the above report)

1. (36) How Americans View Tech Companies | Pew Research Center

2. (10) Trump’s Trade War Won’t Hurt China. It Could Hurt US Tech | WIRED

3. (10) Inside a Heist of American Chip Designs, as China Bids for Tech Power – The New York Times

4. (8) IT Outsourcing: Causes, and How to Reduce It

5. (3) 2017 Technology Fast 500 award winners | Deloitte US

6. (3) A dive into the female pro-choice Trump supporter posted by the American Voter Bot.

7. (3) Looking to solve tech issues, small banks stumble into revenue stream | American Banker

8. (3) Uber: when technology threatens tradition – The American Genius

9. (3) Technology News | Reuters.com

10. (3) Information Technology: Business Solutions Developer

11. (3) African Americans Use Technology More Than Others For Worship Services

12. (3) US plans to stop China buying American companies – Business Insider

13. (2) Whats New | NCTA — The Internet & Television Association

14. (2) Harness technology for social good – American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

15. (2) TechWonk Blog – Information Technology Industry Council

16. (2) Micron Technology: Inside a Heist of American Chip Designs, as China Bids for Tech Power : AMD_Stock

17. (2) Michigan Technological University

18. (2) Validating Digital Health Innovations | American Medical Association

19. (2) American power at stake in great innovation race | TheHill

20. (2) Can American Technology Firms and Lawmakers Learn from Europe’s GDPR? – Nextgov

21. (2) American Technology Consulting, LLC.

22. (1) Technology and Science News – ABC News

23. (1) Technology | American City & County

24. (1) Legal Technology Resource Center | Legal Technology Resource Center

25. (1) Blog | American Technology Specialists |

26. (1) Blockchain technology could be the great equalizer for American cities TechCrunch

27. (1) Study Shows Americans Are Wary as Ever About AI, Automation

28. (1) How the Disposable Straw Explains Modern Capitalism – The Atlantic

29. (1) Technology Threats for Staffing Companies – American Staffing Association

30. (1) The Aggregate: American Tribalism, and Technology + Homelessness | Control FOREVER