2 in 5 think travelling to space will be possible after 2025

With the rapid advancement of technologies such as flying cars, robots and artificial intelligence, travelling to space on a commercial flight may happen very soon.

At least that's what over 40 per cent of respondents think in a survey conducted by leading online research firm YouGov. A total of 9,443 people across Asia Pacific were asked what technologies they would love to see most in the near future.

Space travel was considered as the most scientifically possible among the nine technologies polled, such as flying cars, robots and artificial intelligence, and around 2 in 5 reckon commercial space flight will most likely be possible after 2025.

What about time travelling? Well, respondents were less sold on the idea. Around 43 per cent said it will never be possible in real life.

Teleportation was another favourite with 12 per cent saying they would love to see this happen, as well as technology controlled by human thought, such as writing a text message by thinking it.

Among all the respondents, Indonesians had the biggest desire on flying cars (41 per cent), while Australians were the least favourable to flying cars, robots, and all that jazz.

Despite some technological favourites, more than half of the respondents (55 per cent) think human cloning could be detrimental to humanity.

Other technology advancements that they considered as detrimental to humanity includes invisibility cloaking devices, time travel and artificially intelligent robots passing off as humans.

What about you? Which technology would you like to see in the future?

Data was collected from research among YouGov’s panelists and was weighted to be representative of online population. Sample size: Asia Pacific (n = 9,443; Australia: 1,005; China: 1,021; Hong Kong: 980; Indonesia: 1,003; Malaysia: 1,369; Philippines: 1,024; Singapore: 1,050; Thailand: 1,009; Vietnam: 982).

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