Today NEXT Canada, a national non-profit organization committed to advancing Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship, released the findings of a new survey as part of the What’s Now What’s NEXT campaign, which looks at the next 150 years of tech and innovation. The survey found that Canadians who self-identify as “tech enthusiasts” are 65 per cent more likely to have a positive outlook on the future of tech than “daily tech users” and “less engaged users.” The survey also revealed that over half of Canadians believe that the next 150 years will see the use of one global currency (53 per cent say it’s likely), that augmented reality will replace mobile phones (52 per cent say it’s likely), and that classrooms will be replaced by digital learning experiences (63 per cent believe it’s likely).
As part of the survey, Canadians weighed in on technology predictions made by NEXT Canada entrepreneurs and experts working in a variety of industries including education, banking, agriculture, fashion, food, transportation, sports, entertainment and health care. The survey revealed that 75 per cent of Canadians believe that short-term changes to food, transportation, banking, and fashion are highly likely. Within the next 150 years, one in five Canadians believe it’s likely that we’ll live on a different planet (23 per cent), and that Canadians will teleport as their primary method of transportation (25 per cent). The study also showed that nearly all Canadians (95 per cent) believe technology is important in human life, and 96 per cent of Canadians are interested in learning more about tech, whether they are daily tech users or not.