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In a recently conducted poll, Pew Research found that 59 percent of Americans believe technology will change life for the better over the next fifty years.

However, when asked about specific technologies, Americans were more inclined to be pessimistic. For example, 53 percent said wearable computing devices like Google Glass or smartwatches will make life worse. Half said they wouldn’t ride in a driverless car, and 63 percent said the use of personal and commercial drones would be a change for the worse.

“In the long run, Americans are optimistic about the impact that scientific developments will have on their lives and the lives of their children — but they definitely expect to encounter some bumps along the way,” said Pew researcher Aaron Smith. “They are especially concerned about developments that have the potential to upend long-standing social norms around things like personal privacy, surveillance, and the nature of social relationships.”

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