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Here’s What Americans Think Tech Will Look Like in 2064

By  Alexis Kleinman 

We think robots could soon make art, half of us are ready for driverless cars, and drones creep us out.

These are some of the results of a new study from Pew Research, which asked 1,001 American adults over the phone about their opinions on the future of technology.

About half of Americans think that in 50 years, computers will be able to create art that is indistinguishable from that made by human artists.

Nearly half of us are also ready for driverless cars, Pew found. Forty-eight percent said they’d like to ride in one, while 50 percent said they wouldn’t.

While some of us might be OK with the idea of robot cars driving us around, we aren’t cool with robots taking care of our grandmas. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said they believe it will be a change for the worse if robots are the main caretakers of the elderly. Similarly, very few people said they would want a robot servant.

Those surveyed were pretty wary of drones, as well. Pew found 63 percent of Americans think it will be a negative development if “personal and commercial drones are given permission to fly through most U.S. airspace,” while 22 percent think that would be a positive change.

While we might be split on certain innovations, 59 percent of people said they were optimistic that coming technological and scientific changes will make life in the future better.

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