Pew Research Center reported that 59% people take technological and scientific changes positively while 30% are suspicious about tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones.
The world has always revolved around the fascinations and marvels of technology; the pace at which technology is escalating and the quench for newer software and applications is mounting, the dwindling of tech advancement can only be deemed as hypothetical. But all good things have certain limitations and embankments. Clearly, technology is no exception.
With the advent of Google Glass last year and a wave of some other classy innovations, the tech-starved lot couldn’t help but ogle at the brains behind the idea. But this was Google Glass. However, when the ideas travel an extra mile and think of venturing into rather sophisticated drones and soaring jetsons, things become a little eerie. Says so a research revealed by the Pew Research Center.
The recent findings by Pew Research Center on American’s opinion on future technology and science, at least 65% think that it is absolutely preposterous to have robots taking care of the elderly as primary caretakers. Only one in ten Americans is looking forward to this change, the other are just speculating how worse it could make things further.
The idea of commercial drones, popularly known as UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, too seems to be freaking people out. As people about drones, and 63% of them become skeptical about its advent. However might be the current scenario of the Aviation Sector, drones is clearly not a good idea.
While technical fantasies push people into a comfortable trance, using them in actuality could prove to be rather creepy. Just 37% people seem content with the idea of having of wearable devices that could keep them digitally connected with world all the time. People were split equally on the issue of riding a driverless car, and only 26% said that they would be willing to have a brain implant to improve their memory.
“In the long run, Americans are optimistic about the impact that scientific developments will have on their lives and the lives of their children — but they definitely expect to encounter some bumps along the way,” said Aaron Smith, a senior researcher at Pew and the author of the report. “They are especially concerned about developments that have the potential to upend long-standing social norms around things like personal privacy, surveillance, and the nature of social relationships.”
The report, based on telephonic interviews of over 1001 Americans throws light on some intriguing facets of human desires when it comes to harnessing the technological pool of advancements. 59% of Americans feel that technical developments will make their lives better, and 30% say that they will end up making lives even worse. Going by the statistics, people seem rather apprehensive about the consequences of these out-of-the-world innovations, and fear that they might create problems instead of sorting them.