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Robots, delivery drones and routine space flights: the technologies Britons think will change our lives

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As London Technology Week 2016 kicks off today, Britons have predicted the technologies that will change our lives by 2036.

Technology could boost global economic output by $2 trillion by 2020, and London aims to be at the centre of its growth. To mark the start of London Technology Week 2016, Britons were asked to predict which technologies they think could change our lives within the next 20 years.

According to public opinion, robots will outnumber human beings, there will be more driverless cars than traditional vehicles and drones will be used to deliver pizzas to our door.

The findings highlight healthcare as a key industry set for change, with Britons predicting that they will no longer visit the doctor when they get ill, but will instead consult their GP from home using virtual reality technology. A large number of people also believe that 3D printers will be used to produce human organs, potentially removing the need for human donation, while just under half of those surveyed think the world’s first cloned human will have been born by 2036.

The survey, which was commissioned by London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s promotional company, was inspired by a series of predictions put forward by Imperial College London’s Tech Foresight research team and reveals the technologies consumers think will disrupt traditional industries and drive forward the growth of London’s tech sector.

The 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. 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. 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.”

The study, which asked over 2000 people a series of questions about how they believed their lives would be transformed by technology also identified fashion as another industry ripe for change, with over half of Britons predicting that we will regularly wear clothing connected to the internet within the next twenty years.

London Technology Week is a celebration of the entrepreneurs, innovators and companies making the city’s thriving tech hub one of the best in the world. A recent report from EY ranked London as second only to Silicon Valley as the most likely place to produce the world’s next tech giant.

London’s tech community is also recognised as the most diverse in the UK, with early findings from research to be released in full later this week by technology recruitment firm Mortimer Spinks and, revealing that London is the best location in the UK for women to build their businesses.

However, further analysis of the findings suggest there is still a lot of work to be done, with more than half reporting less than 15 percent of their tech teams are female. Sadiq Khan has stated that he wants the tech sector to be open to all Londoners and aims to reverse the under-representation of women by encouraging more females to work in the industry.

“With over 300 events taking place across the capital, London Technology Week 2016 is as much a celebration of London’s leading role in the ‘here-and-now’ of our digitally driven economy, as is it about looking to the future,” said Kevin Pearce, London Technology Week Event Director. “It is about recognising the next wave of technologies that will redefine our world. About creating a growth environment for innovators, researchers and developers. And about connecting the entire tech ecosystem to drive the UK’s development as a fully connected digital society. With events covering everything from autonomous vehicles and smart homes, to advanced robotics and AI, London Technology Week offers a unique environment of live events, face to face networking, discovery and learning.”

London Technology Week 2016 will see a record number of events take place across the capital from 20-26th June. Hundreds of international companies and tens of thousands of visitors will come to London to take part in more than 300 events organised as part of London Technology Week.

Source: London Technology Week
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