Heightened demand for human augmentation technology: survey results by Opinium Research

According to a research report commissioned by Kaspersky, two thirds of those who were surveyed in leading Western European countries consider technology induced augmentation of human body parts, most of which are related to improving health, will improve their lives.

With technological revolutions shaping humanities near future, tech leaders opine it will change every aspect of our lives; there are loads of opportunities in the offing to transform the ways our bodies operate, ranging from guarding against cancer to turbo-charging our brain.

According to the survey results of Opinium Research which surveyed 14,500 people in 16 countries including France, Germany, Britain, Spain and Italy, 63% of respondents consider augmenting their bodies will improve them, with varied results across Europe.

In France, Britain, and Switzerland, support for augmentation was low at just 32%, 25%, and 36% respectively; Portugal and Spain saw higher responses at 60% in both cases.

“Human augmentation is one of the most significant technology trends today,” said Marco Preuss, European director of global research and analysis at Kaspersky, a Moscow-based cybersecurity firm. “Augmentation enthusiasts are already testing the limits of what’s possible, but we need commonly agreed standards to ensure augmentation reaches its full potential while minimizing the risks”.

Last month, Elon Musk’s neuroscience startup Neuralink unveiled a pig named Gertrude that has had a coin-sized computer chip in its brain for two months, showing off an early step toward the goal of curing human diseases with the same type of implant.

The survey found that most people wanted any human augmentation to work for the good of humanity, though there were concerns that it would be dangerous for society and open to exploitation by hackers.

The survey also showed, only the rich would be able to afford human augmentation technology.


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