Are you optimistic or worried about the impact of human augmentation? A recent Kaspersky study reveals interesting statistics on how we feel about human augmentation, and why these views might be holding us back.

Would you befriend a cyborg?

Rubbing mechanical shoulders with cyborgs, shaking bionic hands over a coffee or befriending people with implants – as human augmentation capabilities grow, a future with augmented people looks likely. Are we ready for that?

What do we mean by human augmentation? Put simply, it’s the natural, artificial or technological alteration of the human body. It’s either used for disability or health reasons, like bionic limbs for those who need them, or for convenience, like walletmor’s cashless chip implant.

Recent Kaspersky research, Our bionic future: What do Europeans think about an augmented world, involved interviewing 6,500 people about their hopes and fears for the future of human augmentation, with mixed results. While nearly half of European adults think people should be free to enhance their own bodies, many were concerned about augmentation technology’s impact on society.

Human augmentation – help or hinderance?

39 percent of European adults felt human augmentation could lead to social inequality or conflict. At the same time, 12 percent said they wouldn’t work with augmented humans because of potential unfair advantages.

And there’s another side to the bionic coin. More than a third said they’ve ‘always been accepting’ of augmented humans, while half of European men (compared to 40 percent of women) say they’re either “excited” or “optimistic” about a future with human augmentation.

The future of human augmentation gets mixed reactions across Europe. While some are excited, others feel unsafe with never-before-seen developments. It’s down to governments, industry leaders and the augmented to shape a future where human augmentation technology can develop freely and safely.