3 in 10 think future tech will make life ‘worse,’ survey finds

A recent survey in the US found that most people are optimistic that coming technology and science advances will improve their lives, but a significant number believe such changes will make their lives worse.

That’s one of the findings from a national survey by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine.

The survey of 1001 adults, conducted in February, found that 59 percent of respondents believe future innovations will make their lives better. A full 30 percent, however, think that changes in science and technology will leave their worse off than they are today.

Among the survey’s main findings are:

66 percent of respondents said life would be worse if prospective parents could alter the DNA of their children to produce smarter, healthier or more athletic offspring;
65 percent said life would be worse if lifelike robots took over primary care for the elderly and people in poor health;
63 percent did not want to see personal and commercial drones given permission to fly through most of US airspace, and;
53 percent think it would be bad if most people wore implants or other devices that could constantly feed them information about the world around them. Women, in particular, were wary of the potential proliferation of such devices.

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