Technology Trends 2014, Americans Pleased Or Not

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By Karen Wong | July 23, 2014 2:14 PM EST

Technology now is rapidly improving. Is America ready for these futuristic technologies this 2014?

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American flags flap in the wind at the Cannon Ball Flag Day celebration at the Cannon Ball Powwow Grounds on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota

Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine conducted a national survey regarding how America would react on technological developments. This includes robots, drones and AIs.

This 2014, some of the most awaited technology trends from the past years will be revealed, according to CBS News. What is America's answer?

Robots Rescue Challenge

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has conducted a robotics challenge last 2013. This took place at Homestead Miami Speedway on Dec. 20, 2013. The challenge is to test the robots' ability to respond on disasters and emergencies. The finals for this challenge will be conducted at the end of 2014 and the winners will receive a prize of two million dollars.

Robots saving life during emergencies would be a good use of technology. However, robots becoming primary caregivers for the sickly and elderly will be a change for the worst - at least 65 per cent of America thinks so. This is according to the study of Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine.

Wearable Technology

Google Glass, Samsung's Galaxy Gear watch, Pebble Smartwatctch and the iWatch are only few wearable gadgets that have been catching the public's interests lately. These devices lets you access easy information wherever you are.

On the study conducted, 53 per cent of Americans think that wearing implants or devices that shares information is a change that is not for the better of the future.

Drones in the Sky

Amazon's Jeff Bezos revealed a plan for drones that can deliver packages in just 30 minutes and on 2013 the OppiKoppi beer drone, as the name suggests, was tested at a music festival in South Africa.

This 2014, look out for unidentified flying objects - maybe they're just drones trying to give you beer or just delivering your pizza.

According to the study, 63 per cent of Americans would not want personal and commercial drones flying freely on the airspace of America.

On the other hand, 50 per cent is not interested in getting into a driverless car while 48 per cent would.

Bioengineering was also included in the study and 66 per cent says no to DNA alteration and 72 per cent says no to brain implants for memory improvement though 26 per cent Americans would want to have brain implants.

According to the study conducted, majority of America thinks that this improvement on technology is a change that'll just make things worse. 

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American flags flap in the wind at the Cannon Ball Flag Day celebration at the Cannon Ball Powwow Grounds on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota
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