Styles of garments might then be created to represent the kind of information to be imparted to the wearer. This type of technology would bring a whole new meaning to finding the right “fit.” Work clothes would reflect information about the type of jobs being performed, with instant access to all the right information needed for performing the function.
Other people who would come in contact with the material would also be able to gain direct access to the available information stored in the clothing interface. It might also be possible for owners of the styles to impart aspects of their own personal experiences and information into the system, adding to the initial data pre-programmed into the garment. With this concept, someone who put on a shirt worn by Albert Einstein could tap into the level of information and understanding he had programmed into his fashion wear.
To the degree that knowledge and information can transform the perceptions of individuals, such advancement in outer wear could revolutionize how people learn new information, and transform society to achieve new heights in understanding. As with any technological advancement, there would also be necessary safe guards and adjustments to consider in filtering out the negative aspects of human nature. People would not want to absorb information input from criminal or sociopath personalities. The technology would also have to work through problems caused by damage to the material, leaving huge gaps in the information due to wear and tear in the fabric. New privacy considerations and the ability to regulate information obtained from someone’s personal wardrobe would also need to be considered. There might be copyright laws regarding information contributed by various individuals, which work their way into a particular product line.
Certainly, such technology would vastly enhance the educational process depending on how much information the human mind could retain after removing the garment. Experiences might become the province of what “hats” a person has worn in performing their duties. Another old adage springs to mind which might also carry new meaning, “You never really know a person until you have walked around in their shoes.”
If such technology is developed, it might blur the line between individual talent and artificially induced performance. The education process would take a major hit from anyone who could afford to buy the right clothes from someone who had already completed classroom work and taken tests. Sibling “hand me downs” would give younger children a leg up on what their brothers and sisters had to experience themselves to learn. The Good Will and Salvation Army used clothing drives might also have to more closely monitor the wardrobe they are redistributing to the under privileged.