How Do Americans See The Future Of Technology?

The Pew Research Center recently published the findings from a short survey on how Americans view the future of technology and science in the next fifty years. I've summarized some of the results below.

The American public anticipates that the coming half-century will be a period of profound scientific change, as inventions that were once confined to the realm of science fiction come into common usage.

This is among the main findings of a new national survey by The Pew Research Center, which asked Americans about a wide range of potential scientific developments—from near-term advances like robotics and bioengineering, to more “futuristic” possibilities like teleportation or space colonization.

What kinds of sfnal change do Americans think will happen in the next fifty years?

(From Pew Research pdf)

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I'm very surprised that more people believe that teleportation will be solved in fifty years than believe in space colonies and weather control.

Here's another set of questions about what people would like to participate in themselves:

(From Pew Research pdf)

Again, the future seems closer for these technologies:

From U.S Views of Technology and the Future: Science in the next 50 years.

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