Robots, Drone Pizza Deliveries and Avatar Dating: Americans Predict the Technologies of the Future According to a Survey by London & Partners

Quarter of Americans Believe Robots Will Outnumber Humans in 20 Years

(Photo: Business Wire)

LONDON--()--Robots will outnumber human beings, there will be more driverless cars than traditional vehicles and drones will be used to deliver pizzas according to a poll of US consumers released to mark the start of Technology Week in London1.

According to the research one in four American adults think robots will outnumber humans by 2036, two thirds think that physical money will be replaced by cashless technologies and a third think that avatar dating will be commonplace.

The survey, which was inspired by a series of predictions put forward by Imperial College London’s Tech Foresight research team reveals the technologies Americans think will disrupt traditional industries over the next 20 years.

Other findings from the SMG Insight/YouGov survey include:

  • Virtual reality will be used for doctor / patient consultations (65%)
  • 3D printers will be used to produce human organs, potentially removing the need for human donation (54%)
  • People will regularly wear clothing connected to the internet (58%)
  • Commercial space flights could take off from major airports (45%)
  • Communications devices will be embedded inside the human body (49%)
  • The first artificial intelligence (‘AI’) machine could serve on the board of big corporations (39%)
  • The first cloned human being will have been born (52%)

Professor David Gann, Vice President Innovation at Imperial College London said: “London’s technologists, scientists, medics and entrepreneurs are creating the future. No city in the world enjoys London’s quotient of talent, technology culture and capital. It is a potent combination. It’s an environment where ideas flourish, design and innovation is embraced and new technologies are transforming our lives for the better”

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.”

Separate research from Accenture recently revealed the impact of technology on the global economy, with its Digital Multiplier report estimating that the digital economy currently represents 22.5 percent of the world economy. Further analysis from the same report, predicts that technology could help to boost global economic output by $2 trillion by 20202.

The US is the world’s most digital economy, with existing digital investments accounting for 33 percent of its output.

The report also found that digital skills and digital technologies are also having an impact across various world economies—22 percent of the global retail industry’s output is derived from digital, 28 percent in health, and 20 percent in consumer goods.

Notes to editors

-Photographs and video can be downloaded from HERE
-All reports - including infographics - credited in this press release (and detailed below) can be downloaded HERE

1 London & Partners commissioned SMG Insight / YouGov to survey 2,088 American adults. The research took place in June 2016
2 Accenture Strategy Digital disruption: The growth multiplier report 2016:


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Ben Pattie, +44 (0)20 7234 5872
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London & Partners
Ben Pattie, +44 (0)20 7234 5872
PR Manager