The UK public are ready to welcome some of the more experimental future tech into their lives according to research by the charity Nesta.
Asked to imagine the world in 2036, around a third of Londoners said they would be microchipped to access their work devices and homes, eat meals in pill form and take part in pheromone or DNA-matched dating.
Nesta carried out the research to promote, FutureFest, the charity’s festival which is devoted to radical talks and future-focused debate.
“A flood of new technologies is set to change our daily lives – from self-driving cars to implants, gene testing to augmented reality. FutureFest gives us all a chance to explore, see and feel what’s around the corner so that we can shape a future that fits our needs rather than just being passive observers and consumers,” said chief executive of Nesta, Geoff Mulgan.
As well as backing innovative approaches to security, food consumption and dating, the UK also showed a keen interest in the future of healthcare.
At 60%, over half of the respondents expect technology to improve their future wellbeing, and 77% said that healthcare should be the focus of technological advancement, which is more than double the 29% who think we should focus on space exploration.
Yet despite the UK public’s enthusiasm for technology, the research did reveal some misgivings. More than half of Brits (53%) worry that people will become more and more isolated as a consequence of technology and only 28% expect technology to have a positive impact on levels of employment.
When compared with the rest of Europe however, the UK is clearly a region full of technophiles.
Around a third (31%) of Spanish people believe that technology will mean the breakdown of trust in society; over half (52%) of French think that it will have a negative impact on employment and a third consider robotics to be a threat.
Meanwhile, only 13% of German people were likely to say they would replace meals with pills or pick a love match based on DNA or pheromone compatibility.
FutureFest takes place at London’s Tobacco Dock on September 17 and 18. Tickets are available here.