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Survey Reveals What Today's America Thinks The Future Looks Like

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 A 1910 Vision Of A Future Helicopter
This image comes from an excellent series of French postcards made in the ealy 1900s about life in the 21st century.
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In the next 50 years, Americans think they probably won't ride in driverless cars, that robots flying outside will have made everything worse, and that humans will be nowhere close to colonizing the solar system. Those are some of the conclusions from a Pew Research Center survey of 1,001 American adults on the future of technology and science, conducted this February and published today.

The trends reveal less about how technology will progress and more about how comfortable people are with different ways it could progress. Generally, people think technology will make life better in the future, with 59 percent of respondents seeing a brighter future. But they're either hesitant or ignorant about changes already under way, with 63 percent stating that opening the sky to personal and commercial drones will only make the future worse. Bad news for those respondents, as the FAA is already working to authorize drones in commercial airspace by 2020.

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