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84% of Britons Fear Remote Controlled Technology in Their Homes

Research conducted on behalf of an online window blind retailer has found that the majority of Britons fear remote controlled technology in their homes. As technology creeps into every aspect of our lives, it appears that many are not comfortable with Artificial Intelligence or remote controlled technology.

The study, commissioned by surveyed more than 1,000 home owners in the UK to find out how they thought about technology in their homes. They asked ‘Do you fear having robot or AI based technology or remotely control gadgets in your home?’ to which 84% said yes, they feared technology in their home controlling items in their absence.

Only 15% of those surveyed said that they would be happy with technology controlling their home, while 1% said that they were not bothered either way. Respondents who answered yes to the original question were also asked to say which home appliances they would fear if they were remote controlled. Here are some of the findings:

  • 36% of respondents said that they would not like ovens or dishwashers to be remote controlled.
  • 35% would not like to be able to remotely control blinds.
  • 10% were fearful of remote controlled lighting.
  • 9% did not like the idea of remotely accessing their home entertainment systems.
  • And 8% did not want to remotely control their heating systems.

Peoples main concerns included the fear of hacking and security, while others stated that they would not trust the companies who provided these services, again because of security issues.

Leah Brandwood, Head of Design at Blinds 2go commented on the findings, saying:

“Despite the convenience of being able to control technology in your home remotely such as switching on an oven or controlling heating, many people are quite fearful. However, options of you being able to control lighting, blinds or curtains when you’re not home may help with home security.”

She added, “We can understand other safety concerns such as hacking by others who then have control of your appliances in your home, or appliances causing electrical fires in your absence.”