A survey of 2,000 people commissioned by the National Media Museum exploring attitudes to the possibilities of the internet. has established that a majority of people would buy a fridge that automatically reminded them to buy things they had run out of.
A fridge that actually orders those items for you was more appealing to men than women, but both sexes were equally interested in a fridge that calculated their calorie consumption.
Men would be less reluctant to see that data being reported to a third party such as their GP.
But a quarter of men and women were attracted by a fridge that prevented them from getting more food if they had consumed more than their daily allocation.
Nearly six in ten say they would buy a car that directed them to the cheapest garage but were markedly less comfortable with the notion of a car that would automatically call out an engineer if it required attention.
The idea of a car that drove itself appealed to nearly 40 per cent of men compared to just 30 per cent of women.
And if it was proven to be medically safe almost a fifth of people, would have an implant that directly connected their brain to the internet.