Adults from seven European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK) were asked for their opinion on a cyborg future for a new survey by Kaspersky. 6,500 adults aged 18 and over took part in the online survey.
Almost half of the participants (46.5%) responded that people should be free to use human augmentation technology to enhance their own bodies. Although the above percentage is high and shows a positive trend towards new technologies not only in the workplace but also in family and personal life, there are concerns about the long-term effects on society.
Some of the participants in the survey declined the possibility of having to include augmented people in their social environment. More precisely, 12% of Europeans would be against working with an extended person because they believe they have an unfair advantage in the workplace.
Another group raised concerns about human augmentation, responding that this type of technology could either lead to future social inequality or conflict. 39% of respondents expressed these concerns. At the same time, 49% of Europeans said they feel excited or optimistic when they think about the society of the future, which will include both expanded and unexpanded people.
In some cases, human augmentation may be required for health reasons, e.g. B. through the use of bionic limbs. In some other cases, people can complement each other by inserting radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, for example. As new technologies become more and more present in our lives, human augmentation will soon be part of our close family and work environment. This conclusion comes from the survey, as 51% of Europeans said they met someone with an augmentation.
But how willing is someone to date another person with an augmentation?
Almost half (45%) of Europeans said they don’t mind dating someone with an augmentation, while 5.5% of respondents in the survey said they have already dated someone with an augmentation. In fact, 17% of Europeans did not hesitate to admit that they accept more today than they did a decade ago. Men would more easily accept an enlarged person compared to women. Half of European men (50%) expressed enthusiasm or optimism about the future shared by both people with an enlarged and non-enlarged population, compared with 40% of women.
French is the least supportive (19%) among other Europeans when asked if they would support a family member if they decided to enlarge themselves. The Portuguese support this the most as 46% of them replied that they would.
Overall, three in ten (29.5%) Europeans would support a family member who chooses to grow. Portugal (56%) and Spain (51%) are the two European nations that had the highest percentages when asked if they think people should do what they want with their bodies. UK residents agreed with 36%. Participants feel more comfortable when augmentation technology is used for health reasons.
Also, Europeans don’t feel comfortable choosing to enlarge themselves. For example, 16.5% of Europeans think it is ‘strange’ to expand themselves. This specific percentage is only 8% in Portugal and 30% in the UK. In addition, 27% of respondents to the survey responded that augmented people should have special government representation. At the same time, 41% of Europeans disagree with this idea.
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