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posted on 13 August 2016

American Public Wary Of Biomedical Enhancements

by Felix Richter, Statista.com

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

If you were offered a brain chip implant to dramatically improve your cognitive abilities, would you turn it down.

Biomedical and nanotechnologies are developing rapidly and it is becoming very conceivable that humans will be able to upgrade themselves at some point in the future. However, the technologies in development are generating more wariness than enthusiasm amongst the public.

A survey from Pew Research gauged the American public's reaction to three such technolgies. It found that 68 percent of U.S. adults were worried about gene editing to reduce the risk of disease for babies while 49 percent were enthusiastic. When it comes to the interesting notion of a brain chip implant, nearly seven out of 10 people would be worried about such a procedure.

This chart shows the percentage of U.S. adults who are enthusiastic/worried about human-tech enhancements in 2016.

Infographic: American Public Wary Of Biomedical Enhancements | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista.

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