The future post Covid-19?
The future post Covid-19? So what can we expect, in the future, in a post Covid-19 world. Check out these anticipated things to expect in the future…
Pre-Covid-19 there was an increase in touch screen devices. Kiosks were designed where you can place an order with a touch screen. You can expect a reduction in these kinds of devices because nobody wants to touch a screen that someone else recently touched. Contactless payments are on the rise.
You have seen an increase in video conferencing rather than in person meetings due to the virus. That’s not going to go away as we have been forced to interact this way.
Apps, Apps, Apps – Expect to see an increase in apps available on smart phones and tablets. Anything that can be automated will be automated. Why do people drive to the bank to deposit checks when they can do that with their cell phone? As time marches on, more and more people will embrace using apps to eliminate tasks that require manual steps or in person steps. Technology continues to advance rapidly. The latest Appie iPad Pro comes with a 10 MP Ultra wide camera, a scanner, a TrueDepth Camera with Face ID, and a super-fast A127 Bionic Chip. The Apollo 11 computer (which landed a man on the moon) had a processor which ran at 0.043 MHz. The latest iPhone’s processor (July 2019) was estimated to run at about 2490 MHz.
Artificial Intelligence is on the rise. Some of the most sophisticated supercomputers are available to scientists. These machines—more than 25 U.S.-based supercomputers with more than 400 petaflops of computing power—are now available for free to scientists searching for a vaccine or treatment against the COVID-19 virus. IBM is co-leading the effort with the U.S. Department of Energy, which operates the National Laboratories of the United States.
Tele-medicine is on the rise. Hospitals and medical facilities have asked people to contact them electronically BEFORE making a visit. A “virtual diagonse” can often be made without an in person visit. Wearable personal IoT devices can track vital signs. Chatbots can make initial diagnoses based on symptoms identified by patients.
Online shopping is going to increase. We have seen an explosion of online ordering via firms like Amazon.com. Delivery services will continue to grow like Doordash, Peapod, etc. This is certainly a convenience, and in a Covid-19 world, it is a necessity for people that have infirmaries or disabilities that prevent them from going out for certain tasks like shopping. There are services that handle everything from food shopping to clothing shopping. Robot deliveries are around the corner.
Robots and automation are on the rise. Companies that utilize robotics don’t need to worry about the robots and machines catching the Covid-19 virus. COVID-19 made the world realize how heavily we rely on human interactions to make things work. Labor intensive businesses, such as retail, food, manufacturing and logistics are the worst hit.
COVID-19 provided a strong push to rollout the usage of robots and research on robotics. In recent weeks, robots have been used to disinfect areas and to deliver food to those in quarantine. Drones have walked dogs and delivered items. COVID-19 provided a strong push to rollout the usage of robots and research on robotics. In recent weeks, robots have been used to disinfect areas and to deliver food to those in quarantine. Drones have walked dogs and delivered items.
Event organizers are going to make it easier for participants to attend virtually.
eSports is on the rise. eSports describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Competitors from different leagues or teams face off in the same games that are popular with at-home gamers. Some “big names” in this area include Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Overwatch and Madden NFL. Streaming services like Twitch allow viewers to watch as their favorite gamers play in real time, and this is typically where popular gamers build up their fandoms.
380 million people worldwide will watch eSports this year, including 165 million eSports enthusiasts.
Remote work is on the rise. Many companies have asked employees to work from home. Remote work is enabled by technologies including virtual private networks (VPNs), voice over internet protocols (VoIPs), virtual meetings, cloud technology, work collaboration tools and even facial recognition technologies that enable a person to appear before a virtual background to preserve the privacy of the home. In addition to preventing the spread of viruses, remote work also saves commute time and provides more flexibility.
Distance learning is on the rise. We have already seen colleges immediately switch over to “remote” learning. As of mid-April, 191 countries announced or implemented school or university closures, impacting 1.57 billion students. Many educational institutions started offering courses online to ensure education was not disrupted by quarantine measures. Technologies involved in distant learning are similar to those for remote work and also include virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing and artificial-intelligence-enabled robot teachers.
Online entertainment is on the rise. Although quarantine measures have reduced in-person interactions significantly, human creativity has brought the party online. Cloud raves and online streaming of concerts have gain traction around the world. Chinese film production companies also released films online. Museums and international heritage sites offer virtual tours. There has also been a surge of online gaming traffic since the outbreak. The future post Covid-19?
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