The “Robot Society” will be here by 2036
In a recent survey of 2077 adults in the UK, 62% said that by 2036 we will have a cashless society; 62% said we will have a “doctorless” society (with medical treatment dispensed by robots); and 14% said that robots would outnumber the human population. These findings were published at an event held in London last June, London Technology Week 2016.
Focusing on progress in medical technology
The UK market research group, Yougov, surveyed members of London & Partners, a non-profit group which promotes business in London, as part of this event.
The survey highlighted a number of issues which human beings will have to deal with in future. 57% said people will regularly wear clothing connected to the internet (57%); 37% said communication devices will regularly be embedded inside the human body. In fact, these things are already happening. Likely possibilities in the near future include the use of 3D printing to produce human organs for transplant (53% said this), companies with robot executives (23%), and commercial space flights taking off from major airports.
Suggestions for the kind of technology which will increasingly become an integrated part of our lives, just like mobile phones or the internet, include drone pizza delivery (50%), and dates with avatars (19%). Some also responded that the cloning of human babies would become commonplace, clearly a controversial suggestion in terms of current public opinion. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, emphasizes that since London is at the cutting edge of technological development, it is always open to new technologies.
This is the third time this event has been held. This year, the focus has been on the development of technology for medical care. There were also a wide variety of “wearables” and fashion accessories incorporating technology on display.
Accenture, the international consulting business, estimates that technology contributes 22.5% of the world economy’s income. By 2020, it forecasts this contribution will grow into a huge market of $2 trillion.