Teens feel that technology will be a major part of overcoming societal problems such as energy conservation and reducing disease and pollution, according to a recent study on teens\u2019 perception of technology and innovation conducted by The Lemelson-MIT program. But teens aren\u2019t interested in personally solving these problems. Only nine percent of respondents are interested in a career in science and eight percent in business. This shouldn\u2019t come as a surprise. Students\u2019 lack of interest in these program areas has been a point of concern in recent years. Merton Flemings, Lemelson-MIT\u2019s program director, feels that more effort should be directed at improving students\u2019 interest\u00a0 in science and technology careers, adding, "The relative lack of interest in science and technology-oriented fields is alarming."The rate of innovation has more than doubled during the lifetime of today\u2019s teens. The study reports that they have no problem keeping up with the constant developments in technology. They\u2019re also well informed enough to be aware of trends and make technology predictions. 33 percent said that gas-powered cars will be obsolete by 2015, and 22 percent feel that desktop computer use will fade out of use during the next decade.By Margaret LocherFor more information on teens and technology, read \u2019The Kids AreAll Right\u2019 in the June 15, 2005 edition of CIO magazine.