What Americans Think Tech Will Look Like In 2064

Having just seen the blockbuster show at New York’s Museum of Art and Design,“Out of Hand: Materializing the Post-digital,” about a future when your meals, clothes, car, even your home can be 3D printed, (see link for related story), when we ran across another glimpse into the future in HuffPost Tech, by Alexis  Kleinman, we had to share.

Bundeskanzlerin Merkel in Hannover. Foto: Nigel Treblin, from HuffPost Tech

Bundeskanzlerin Merkel in Hannover. Foto: Nigel Treblin, from HuffPost Tech

We think robots could soon make art, half of us are ready for driverless cars, and drones creep us out.

These are some of the results of a new study from Pew Research, which asked 1,001 American adults over the phone about their opinions on the future of technology.

About half of Americans think that in 50 years, computers will be able to create art that is indistinguishable from that made by human artists. This isn’t too far-fetched. At least one artist, Jonas Lund, is already using a computer algorithm to think up ideas for pieces of art.

Nearly half of us are also ready for driverless cars, Pew found. Forty-eight percent said they’d like to ride in one, while 50 percent said they wouldn’t. Those of us who are brave enough could soon get the chance to try out riding in a driverless car, since Google is already working on developing one.

While some of us might be OK with the idea of robot cars driving us around, we aren’t cool with robots taking care of our grandmas. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said they believe it will be a change for the worse if robots are the main caretakers of the elderly. Similarly, very few people said they would want a robot servant…

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