YouGov, online research firms, polled 9,443 people across Asia Pacific, to investigate what technologies and/or advancements people would love to see most in the near future.Over 40 per cent of those polled believe commercial space flight will be possible in eight years.
Technologies bring us convenience and improve our standard of living. In the past decade, we saw lots of advancements that we probably never thought of before. The emerge of smartphones, mobile applications and social networking, have been a pleasant surprise to many of us. While all these technology advancements might be started by imagination, have you ever thought of the next technology innovation that would totally turn our lives around?
Among the nine technologies and advancements polled, commercial space flight, flying cars, and robots / artificial intelligence that could pass as human beings, are considered as the most scientifically possible in the future, with only 6 per cent, 9 per cent and 9 per cent of APAC respondents think it will never happen in real life.
Over 40 per cent of respondents even think commercial space flight will most likely to be possible after 2025.
On the contrary, despite the fact that 16 per cent of the APAC respondents would most like time travel to happen in the future, 43 per cent of respondents think it will never become possible in real life. Other advancements that people in APAC would love to see in real life include flying cars (18 per cent), teleportation (12 per cent) and technology that can be controlled by human thought (e.g. mind-controlling a robotic limb, writing a text / SMS message by thinking it) (11 per cent).
In particular, Indonesian has a big desire on flying cars (41 per cent) and robots / artificial intelligence that could pass as human beings (19 per cent), with more than double of the regional average (with 18 per cent and 8 per cent) say would most like these advancements to happen. Interestingly, Aussies hold a different view, with less than half of the regional average are favorable to see flying cars (8 per cent) and robots / artificial intelligence that could pass as human beings (4 per cent) in the future.
Human cloning is considered the most detrimental technology advancement to humanity
We can also see high correlation between people’s desire on technology advancements and how the technology advancements could benefit humanity. When we asked which technology advancements could be beneficial to humanity, technology that can be controlled by human thought topped the list (39 per cent), followed by flying cars (36 per cent), and the ability for anyone to live permanently / indefinitely in space (31 per cent).
However, there are always two sides of a coin. Not all technology advancements are welcomed by APAC respondents. More than half of the APAC respondents (55 per cent) think human cloning could be detrimental to humanity. Other technology advancements that are considered as detrimental to humanity includes invisibility / cloaking devices (i.e. devices that make the user unable to be seen or look like something / someone else)(39 per cent), time travel (26 per cent) and robots / artificial intelligence that could pass as human beings (26 per cent).