Essential Report

Opinion of technological change

Nov 24, 2015

Q. And if these things did happen, would they be good for society or bad for society?

            Good for society
  Good for society Neither good nor bad Bad for society Don’t know   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
People needing an organ transplant will have new organs made for them in a laboratory 67% 17% 7% 9%   65% 68% 69% 63% 70%
Humans will live in colonies on other planets 24% 38% 19% 18%   29% 19% 26% 28% 18%
Humans will be able to control the weather 20% 26% 38% 16%   24% 16% 17% 23% 20%
Parents will be able to alter the DNA of their offspring before birth to produce smarter, healthier children 17% 21% 49% 12%   20% 15% 18% 19% 15%
Computers will be as effective as people in creating music, novels, movies and paintings 15% 33% 40% 11%   17% 14% 17% 16% 13%
People will be able to live to 150 years old 13% 32% 41% 14%   15% 11% 15% 15% 9%

 

67% think that people needing an organ transplant having new organs made for them in a laboratory will be good for society. Humans living on other planets is more likely to be seen as neither good nor bad for society (38%).

The other issues canvassed were more likely to be considered bad for society, especially being able to alter the DNA of children before birth (

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