If Pokémon Go shows anything, it’s that people can become scarily – even dangerously – obsessed with technology.
But despite our addiction to all things digital, it seems we still have strong reservations when it comes to combining technology with our bodies.
In a new US survey gauging attitudes to emerging biomedical technologies such as brain chip implants and gene editing, people showed more concern than excitement about the prospect of enhancing their bodies with artificial aids.
“Developments in biomedical technologies are accelerating rapidly, raising new societal debates about how we will use these technologies and what uses are appropriate,” says researcher Cary Funk from the Pew Research Centre.
“This study suggests Americans are largely cautious about using emerging technologies in ways that push human capacities beyond what’s been possible before.”