In recent years, UAE has become one of the world’s leading hubs for technological advancement. As emerging technologies continue to impact the lives of the people across the globe, YouGov’s latest survey explores the awareness about 16 new technologies amongst UAE residents and highlights their opinions about the future and impact of these technologies on society.
Data shows that of all the 16 listed technologies UAE residents have most likely heard “a lot” about or have some awareness of Cryptocurrency, Virtual Reality, Self-Driving Cars, and 3-D printing.
The UAE Government’s implementation of its first law regulating virtual assets and other recent initiatives to help people gain a deeper understanding of the technology seem to have created a favourable environment for crypto, making it the most widely known technology in the country.
In comparison to this, technologies that UAE residents are least aware of are decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) and implantable brain-machine interfaces (BMIs).
Among those who are familiar with each of the technologies, residents believe that 3-D printing, AI, Self-driven cars, and Cryptocurrency have the greatest potential of catching up while lab grown meat on the other hand, received the smallest share.
When asked which of these technologies will have a positive impact on society, a higher proportion of those who have heard of each, said 3D printing (83%), AI (66%), Self-driven cars (64%), and Virtual Reality(60%), will be good for the society. Conversely, lab grown meats and gene editing technology recorded the highest numbers in terms of perceived negative societal impact.
Furthermore, we polled the residents, asking them which of the 16 technologies the government should invest in, and the results were quite similar to the technologies most likely deemed to have a positive societal impact. Over half of those who are aware of each technology think 3D printing (52%) and artificial intelligence (52%) are the most important areas where the government should invest, while just as many think self-driving cars (46%) as the next most important area. Lab-grown meat and NFTs are ranked lowest on the list, with lesser proportion of people considering it as a “very important” sector for government investment.
Data was collected online among 1005 respondents in the UAE by YouGov’s Omnibus between May 12th-19th, 2022 using YouGov’s panel of over 20 million people worldwide.