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Generation:             A Look Ahead To the Future They Create

        t’s 2009: The current millennial generation, the i-Kids,      safety in an environment. A voice interface with cell phones or
        the “Digital Natives,” the Net Generation students are        PDAs or brain wave readers will communicate with the systems.
        now approximately ages 8 to 27. Many of these students        In 2004 NASA announced that its scientists are working on such
        are entering their years of career exploration while others   a technology—“subvocal speech” recognition.
are actively involved in career and technical education (CTE)            “In preliminary experiments, NASA scientists found that
programs in school or college. The millennial generation is           small, button-sized sensors, stuck under the chin and on either
the first generation to grow up with technology integrated into       side of the ‘Adam’s apple’, could gather nerve signals and send
their lives—cell phones, i-pods, computers, the Internet, instant     them to a processor and then to a computer program that trans-
messaging, texting, MySpace and Facebook accounts, computer           lates them into words. Eventually, such “subvocal speech” sys-
and console video games and multimedia. The future will be            tems could be used in spacesuits, in noisy places like airport
full of surprises and that surely will include more technological     towers to capture air-traffic controller commands, or even in
advances. One such advancement on the horizon is computer-            traditional voice-recognition programs to increase accuracy,”
ized clothing.                                                        according to a March 2004 NASA press release.
    “Computerized clothes will be the next step in making com-           Long before 2059, this technology will be improved and
puters and devices portable without having to strap electronics       contained or worn in a “necklace” to control computers. Then
to our bodies or fill our pockets with a plethora of gadgets. These   computer control will require thinking the words not saying
new digital clothes aren’t necessarily designed to replace the PC,    them, and it will no longer require fingers for input. It will no
but they will be able to perform some of the same functions,”         longer be necessary to carry heavy laptops or own a desktop
according to Discovery’s HowStuff Works. Companies such as            computer. In 50 years, the Millennials will be 58 to 77 years
IBM, Levi, Philips, Nike and SensaTex are already exploring the       old—by then they would have made an incredible impact on
possibility of putting us in designer computerized clothing.          he world. Technology, politics, water scarcity and energy are
   “In Europe, Levi is already test marketing the musical jacket      the major issues that forged their world. As leaders, they re-
developed by the MIT Media Lab,” HowStuff Works notes.                engineer
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