Culture minister Ed Vaizey at the opening on London Technology Week

Drone pizzaboys and mass robot adoption predicted by public

Robots outnumbering human beings and drones delivering pizzas are among the ways consumers think technology will change our lives in the next 20 years, according to a new survey.

To mark the beginning of London Technology Week, a survey from YouGov asked more than 2,000 people how they thought their lives would be changed in the next 20 years by advances in technology, with healthcare, travel and artificial intelligence featuring prominently within the predictions.

Using virtual reality to consult a GP and the 3D printing of human organs for transplant were among the visions for 2036.

Although the use of drones for local deliveries proved popular with respondents, the government is still trying to create a technological framework in order to improve the potential security implications that the devices create, as outlined in E&T’s recent feature. 

London Technology, which is now in its third year, sees a series of events and workshops run across the capital aimed at showcasing the city's technology industry as well as encouraging others to take part in it.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "London Technology Week shines a light on this hugely important sector of the economy and demonstrates how our city is open to trade, ideas and people from across the globe."

Some 37 per cent of those who took part in the survey also said they believed commercial space flights could take off from airports while 23 per cent thought an artificially intelligent robot could serve on the board of a major company.

"Tech-savvy Londoners welcome new digital advances that are going to revolutionise the way that we live and it is crucial that we harness those ideas to help the capital work even better as a city," added Khan.

"As someone who has helped to run a successful business, I look forward to supporting the tech sector so it goes from strength to strength over the coming years."

Gloomy predictions about the increasingly prevalent presence of robots in society have been made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently who said that human will need to be upgraded in order to maintain mental parity with their computerised counterparts. 

The Bank of England’s chief economist also warned last year that robots could steal as many as 15m UK jobs in the future.

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