Suits that give the wearer superpowers, invisibility cloaks and submarine trains also feature among the nation’s most desired innovations.
HARRY Potter invisibility cloaks, holidays on the moon and flying cars are among the technologies people most want to become reality, a study shows.
Suits which give the wearer superpowers and implants that monitor health are also favourites.
They were identified as likely advances in the next 50 years by futurologist Dr Ian Pearson, who then asked 2,000 people which innovations excited them most.
Smart health implants which detect and diagnose illness was the most popular idea, supported by four in ten.
But a quarter want cars replaced by flying, driverless pods, like those in ’60s cartoon The Jetsons.
A similar proportion wants space tourism, virtual reality holidays and thought recognition technology.
But the study, to mark the launch of new Channel 4 sci-fi series Electric Dreams, shows some are scared of what the future may hold.
One in three is worried about a zombie-style virus while others are concerned about robot armies and never-ending lives trapped in virtual bodies.
Dr Pearson said: “Many of the things we take for granted today like instant mobile global communication at the touch of a button and computer networks which allow us to tap into the sum of all knowledge were once fanciful ideas of science fiction.
“Our human quest for innovation is relentless and we will continue to see a whole raft of developments as ideas that were once features of futuristic sci-fi books and TV series become not only a reality but an accepted part of our everyday lives.”
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