New survey shows American thoughts on science, technology in the future
UNDATED (WKRC) -- According to a new survey, Americans think humans will be capable of many things you can only find in science fiction in just 50 years.
The Pew Research Center has published a new study detailing what possibilities Americans foresee for technology and science in the future.
Pew conducted a phone poll of 1,001 American adults living in all 50 states between February 13 and 18 to come up with its results. 39 percent of people polled believe scientists will have developed the technology to teleport objects. 81 percent believe we will be able to grow organs in labs and 51 percent think computers will be able to make art as well as humans do.
Pew also looked into whether we will be receptive to the kinds of changes we've imagined. 59 percent of Americans think the changes would lead to a better future, but 30 percent disagree.
The poll also looked into the troubling concern of eugenics, or "designer babies". 66 percent of Americans believe it would be a change for the worse if parents were able to manipulate DNA into producing offspring with man desirable traits, and 26 percent agree with them somewhat saying it would have a negative effect.
As for wearable technology, the majority of Americans didn't like that idea. 53 percent thought it would be a bad thing if we wore devices that would constantly show us information about the world around them. Only about a third of Americans think it would be a change for the better.
Computerized implants may be far into the future, but some Americans are already showing their disapproval toward wearable gadgets. Several bars, including a few in San Francisco and Seattle, have already banned patrons from wearing Google Glass due to privacy concerns.
For the full results of the poll, click HERE.