Folks — I have a aderttytet
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, itâ€™s possible that letting kids do anything on their own will be considered completely irresponsible, or even insane. But just knowing a childâ€™s whereabouts wonâ€™t be enough. Parents will also know whatâ€™s going on inside their kids.
Once DNA analysis upon birth becomes routine, childrenâ€™s diets and lifestyles will change, saysÂ 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. â€œArmed with that information, expect parents to customize their childâ€™s diet from a very early age, considering very carefully what they give their child to ensure longevity,â€ Palley says.Â
Parents may go so far as to give their kidsÂ â€œingestiblesâ€â€”Â 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-tunedÂ to measure whatever metric parents want to know about: Is their child eating too much sugar? Fat? Gluten?Â If so, they can adjust their kidsâ€™ meals accordingly.Â
Read the whole piece here. And remember the Free-Range mantra: Kids do NOT need constant supervision. (And that includes their innards.) – L