Folks — I have a piece that just went on up Quartz about the future of childhood. Some of the issues and items I discuss you’ve read about here already, but not this one:
…By 2024, it’s possible that letting kids do anything on their own will be considered completely irresponsible, or even insane. But just knowing a child’s whereabouts won’t be enough. Parents will also know what’s going on inside their kids.
Once DNA analysis upon birth becomes routine, children’s diets and lifestyles will change, says Will Palley, trends strategist at the ad agency JWT. The genomic read-out will allow parents to identify health problems or proclivities from Day One. “Armed with that information, expect parents to customize their child’s diet from a very early age, considering very carefully what they give their child to ensure longevity,” Palley says.
Parents may go so far as to give their kids “ingestibles”— tiny, swallow-able sensors that emit signals that can be picked up by a smart phone. These already exist, but their signals are weak. Eventually, these may be strengthened and fine-tuned to measure whatever metric parents want to know about: Is their child eating too much sugar? Fat? Gluten? If so, they can adjust their kids’ meals accordingly.
Read the whole piece here. And remember the Free-Range mantra: Kids do NOT need constant supervision. (And that includes their innards.) – L