Real-time technology assessment is based on continuous mutual exchange between the scientific disciplines and allows anticipating challenges of technology research. Within this framework, we conducted a nation-wide telephone survey () to map the public opinion on the Tactile Internet. We found that public awareness and perceived knowledge were still low. Support was relatively high, but a large proportion of the sample was still undecided, which leaves room for potential opposition. Risks were associated with general issues, such as unemployment, inequality, and data security. The respondents found applications in the areas of medicine, mobility, and robotics particularly beneficial. Both reasoning and intuition shaped attitude formation, and especially the latter should not be underestimated. The Technology Acceptance Model was only partially supported in our study. In summary, public opinion is still malleable, and concerns should be addressed by appropriate communication measures. Future surveys should monitor public opinion over time.
|Frank H.P. Fitzek, Shu-Chen Li, Stefanie Speidel, Thorsten Strufe, Meryem Simsek, Martin Reisslein
|Veröffentlicht - 2021