According to a survey from the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, the odds are that if you knew a piece of food on your plate was 3D printed, you wouldn’t be all that eager to chow down.
The Chubb Group asked that specific question as part of its 2015 Consumer Perceptions of Business Risk Survey. The actual response was that just 23% of the people queried would pick up a fork, but the respondents were much more receptive of the idea of using other 3D printed objects.
“Consumers also are embracing many of the products and services being developed through new technologies, but they clearly are concerned about how companies are managing the emerging risks of such innovation,” says Steven Hernandez, the worldwide loss control manager for the Chubb Group.
A whopping 77% of those asked said they could see themselves using a 3D printed synthetic or prosthetic limb like an arm, leg, or hand, and a solid 64% said they’d consider wearingshoes or clothing produced by a 3D printer. A somewhat less overwhelming 58% said they’d consider using a 3D printed automotive part, while just over half of respondents were comfortable with the idea of living in a printer-built house, with 51% open to the idea. … (read more)