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Many Americans Wary of Drones, Robot Caregivers and Google Glass

Many Americans who see technology as changing life for the better don't seem ready to embrace commercial drones, robot caregivers and wearable computing devices such as Google Glass. A new survey shows certain technologies remaining controversial despite a majority of respondents having an optimistic view of technology's long-term impact on life. The technological optimists outnumbered the pessimists in the random sampling of 1,001 U.S. adults carried out by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian Magazine . Almost 60 percent said technology will lead to better lives for people in the future versus 30 percent who believed life will be worse. But even a majority of technological optimists were skeptical of controversial technologies such as commercial drones , wearable computing devices , robot caregivers and designer babies. Wearable devices such as Google Glass fared the ...

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