British citizens forecast a future in which robots, routine space flights and drone-based pizza deliveries are a reality, according to London & Partners.
A survey of over 2,000 people commissioned by the Mayor of London’s promotional company shows that Brits expect their lives to be transformed significantly by technology in the next 20 years.
We will no longer visit a GP when unwell but instead discuss ailments with doctors through virtual reality (VR) headsets, while a large proportion foresee a future in which human organs are 3D printed to remove the reliance on organ donations. Half of those surveyed predict that the first human clone will be born as early as 2036.
The survey was commissioned as part of London Technology Week, and prompted new London mayor Sadiq Khan to highlight how Londoners have a progressive view of technological advances and declare his ambition to embrace and fuel that sentiment.
“London Technology Week shines a light on this hugely important sector of the economy and demonstrates how our city is open to trade, ideas and people from across the globe,” he said.
“Tech-savvy Londoners welcome new digital advances that are going to revolutionise the way we live, and it is crucial that we harness those ideas to help the capital work even better as a city.
"As someone who has helped to run a successful business, I look forward to supporting the tech sector so that it goes from strength to strength over the coming years.”
The research also found that 37 per cent of UK citizens envisage commercial space flights from major airports, and 23 per cent predict that there will be an artificial intelligence (AI) serving on the board of a big company, within 20 years.
Some 19 per cent of Brits, possibly less keen on physical interaction, see virtual girlfriends and boyfriends becoming commonplace, and 37 per cent believe that communication devices will be embedded inside their bodies within two decades.
Some of these predictions are unsurprising, given that high-end consumer VR headsets are now commercially available, AI is becoming embedded in an increasing number of devices, and driverless car testing is taking place across the country.
Startup accelerators have been set up to boost the development of new technologies, and the future envisioned by the survey respondents is by no means far-fetched.
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