Maintenance free cars and intelligent electronic assistants that look and act like Carol Vorderman are part of the great British public’s technology wish list, according to research released today.
Conducted by pollsters Mori for Motorola, the British and Technology report purports to analyse British attitudes to technology and hopes for future developments.
It claims that almost half the population would like instantaneous world travel by 2009, if technology were not a barrier, and one in 10 believed this would be possible within the decade.
Conserving time and energy was a recurring theme; other items on the wanted list included maintenance free solar cars, two hour gym workouts that take 20 minutes to complete and self cleaning kitchens.
If offered the opportunity to customise their own electronic helper, men’s number one choice was one with the looks and personality of TV celebrity Carol Vorderman. TV presenter Phillipa Forrester and beach star Pamela Anderson were the second and third choices in the looks department, while John Cleese and newsreader Trevor McDondald scored on personality.
Women put a combination of Pierce Brosnan’s looks and Carol Vorderman’s personality at the top of their list, followed by Sean Connery and Carol Vorderman on the looks front, and Will Smith and John Cleese on personality.
Given just one wish for the future, 34 per cent of people said they would choose world peace, 26 per cent opted for perfect health and 12 per cent said they would like unlimited money.
The report was first conducted in 1995 and is based on interviews with over 1,000 adults across the UK, from all socioeconomic and age groups.
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