From improving their senses to making life easier, 92 percent of Brits would be tempted by incorporating cybernetic implants into their body to boost their abilities. It also emerged a quarter would be willing to be a paid subject to test new high-tech body enhancements. Of those, two in five would require just £150 or less to have new technology implanted into their body, with 18-34-year-olds being most prepared to take the risk. The survey, commissioned by Virgin Media in support of the near-future TV drama, The Feed, which premieres on September 16 and explores our addiction to technology, and our terror of having to live without it.
Ian Pearson, a futurologist and spokesman for Virgin Media, said: “Engineers have been discussing cybernetic technology for decades but it is now becoming real.
“Some people already have identity chips implanted under their skin to allow easy payments.
“Soon, active contact lenses will enable super-vision, and soon after that, active skin will allow the nervous system to be connected to external IT.
“The future of this technology is closer than many realise, so Britons who’d like enhanced vision or their social media accounts in their mind might not have to wait as long as they think.
“The technology in Virgin Media’s new TV show The Feed could one day become a reality.”
The study found almost 60 percent of adults would opt for tech to enhance their eyesight, closely followed by the ability to heal quickly after injury or illness.
Fifty-three percent would install an upgrade to give them a perfect memory, while half would improve their intelligence.
As for enhanced skills, more than a third would happily have tech enhancements if it allowed them to learn a new language in seconds.
And 28 percent would opt for a biological battery which never ran flat, meaning they had limitless energy and never flagged.
The survey also revealed that 28 percent of Brits would be willing to tamper with their grey matter and have a microchip installed into their brain to add specific functions to improve their daily lives.
The most desirable use for this theoretical brain chip would be as a GPS system to provide directions should they get lost.
Almost one in five would like their chip to contain all of their personal data and identification so they wouldn’t need to carry a wallet anymore.
And one in eight want their emails and social media updates beamed directly to their minds.
And 68 percent of respondents, polled via OnePoll, believe futuristic TV shows and movies help to inspire current developers and the next generation of inventors to create something new.
The Feed premieres exclusively on Virgin TV on 16th September.
TOP 20 CYBORG ENHANCEMENTS BRITS WANT
1. Perfect eyesight
2. The power to heal/recover quickly
3. Flawless memory/recall
4. Improved intelligence
5. Improved physical strength
6. Improved agility
7. Perfect hearing
8. Improved attractiveness
9. The ability to learn a new language in seconds
10. A battery which meant they never run out of energy
11. Superfast reflexes
12. X-ray vision
13. The ability to fly
14. The ability to share memories or experiences
15. The ability to master an instrument in seconds
16. Super sense of taste
17. Super sense of smell
18. The ability to never need a wee in the night again
19. The ability to breathe underwater indefinitely
20. Super-zoom vision
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