Innovation and changeDigital TransformationBrits happy to embrace health tech

Brits happy to embrace health tech

Public has appetite for NHS tech innovation, new research finds

Research has revealed that the UK public is ready to welcome future tech into many areas of their lives, with 60% saying they expect technology will improve their future wellbeing.

The good news for those involved with digital developments at the NHS is that 77% of those surveyed said that healthcare should be the focus of technological advancement – that’s almost double those who think it should be space exploration (29%).

Asked to imagine the world in 2036, almost half of those questioned by Nesta ahead of its FutureFest event 49% said DNA sequencing and editing presents an opportunity to be explored further, whilst 68% think technology presents an opportunity for food production.

Around a third of Londoners said they would be happy to be microchipped if it allowed them to access their work devices and smart home technology (36%), eat meals in pill form (28%) and take part in pheromone or DNA-matched dating (27%).

Yet despite the UK public’s enthusiasm for technology, the research did reveal some misgivings. More than half of Brits (53%) worry that people will become more and more isolated and only 28% expect technology to have a positive impact on levels of employment. Overall, just over one-fifth (22%) of people said that they were optimistic about the future.

Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of Nesta, said: “A flood of new technologies is set to change our daily lives – from self-driving cars to implants, gene testing to augmented reality.”

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