The modern age was a period of Earth history characterized by modern conveniences. Among these "improvements" were antibiotics, cars, telephones, longer life spans, and cold beer.

In 2000, when Henry Janeway described himself as having been born in the wrong millennium, Shannon O'Donnel told him she'd stick with the modern age. After a short argument on the merits of the modern and classical ages, which she won, he used the topic of the modern age to ask her what she her plans were for Millennium Eve. (VOY: "11:59")

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