People More Ready for Autonomous Driverless Cars than Brain Implants or Cloned Meat

PI_2014.04.16_TechFuture_driverless_carsNew research from the Pew Research Center shows that the public wants autonomous, robotic, driverless cars even more than brain implants or cloned meat.  It seems that people are more open to newer forms of driving than thinking or eating.

Americans are most interested in riding in a driverless autonomous robotic car

  • 48% would like to do ride in a driverless car if given the opportunity,
  • 50% say this is something they would not want to do.
  • 59% College graduates would do so.
  • 62% of those with a high school diploma or less would not.
  • 52% urban and 51%suburban residents are interested in driverless cars, but just 36% of rural residents are interested.

Americans think it’s okay to change the way cars are driven but don’t want new ways to stimulate brain functions:

  • 26% of Americans surveyed said they would get a brain implant to improve their memory or mental capacity if it were possible to do so, while 72% would not.
  • Only 20% of Americans¬† would be willing to eat meat that was grown in a lab.

On the other hand in a completely different study by Pew 84% of American found “extramarital affairs” morally unacceptable.