How much do Americans know about emerging technologies? Do they think those technologies will catch on and be good for society?

To find out, YouGov polled 1,000 US adults in April 2022 about their knowledge of and views on 16 technologies such as virtual reality, cryptocurrency, quantum computing, and the metaverse.

The researchers found Americans are most likely to be aware of 3D printing, cryptocurrency, self-driving cars, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

What new technologies Americans have heard about

Among people who are aware of the technologies, the largest shares of respondents say 3D printing, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and artificial organs are likely to catch on.

What new technologies Americans think will catch on

Among people who are aware of the technologies, the largest shares of respondents say 3D printing, artificial organs, and quantum computing will be beneficial for society if they become widespread.

What technologies Americans think will be beneficial to society 

 

Among people who are aware of the technologies, the largest shares of respondents say the US government should invest in quantum computing and artificial organs.

What technologies Americans think the government should invest in

About the research: The report was based on data from a survey conducted in April 2022 among 1,000 adults in the United States.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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