The World Will Be More Technologically Advanced After the COVID-19 Pandemic
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged above 52,000 and worldwide infections have topped 417,042 in 170 countries.
This pandemic has triggered a chain reaction all over the world of stock market crashes, potential economic recessions and friction between the world’s two largest economies, China & the United States.
Looking back at previous historical crises, we can expect that when it is resolved, the impact of COVID-19 will be fully overcome. Our scientists will probably find both a vaccine and a potential cure in the near future. As the vaccine for Coronavirus in birds has already been produced, the vaccine for humans should be available soon.
Since the process of globalization is widespread, the extraordinary shocks were felt in almost all of the major countries. The COVID-19 pandemic will be a turning point in which the recovery process will stimulate innovation in technology and an evolution of our societal habits.
“There are not many good things to say about epidemics,” says Professor Hans Jørn Kolmos, a professor of clinical microbiology, at the University of Southern Denmark, but it has forced industry "to find new solutions". As countries around the world fight the Coronavirus, robots, telemedicine and other technologies have been deployed by the front line medical workers to help contain the pandemic.
During the lockdown period, China and Spain deployed drones to monitor the behavior of people, while South Korea used drones to help disinfect some epidemic hotspots. There were also medical samples and quarantine materials in China transported by drones between the hospital to the laboratories during the height of the epidemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has spurred research and development on robotics and uses of Artificial Intelligence for diagnosing patients.
For example, ultraviolet light has been used in laboratories and in water and air purification for decades. But combining ultraviolet light with autonomous robots was not done until the outbreak.
UVD Robots emit powerful UV light which tear apart the DNA of a virus and decontaminate surfaces. These robots were also used to clean hospital corridors and patient rooms by moving around autonomously guided by radar, once the environment of the robots had been mapped.
With the use of iPads and other devices, companies in all industries have operated with workers at home and school children have been taking their classes at home. In a very short amount of time, people have adapted well to this changing world. Working from home and distance learning are two major societal shifts that have been expedited by this pandemic.
Will people in the future question the need for a 4 year college experience vs online classes taken at home? The cost and time savings would be immense.
What about companies who decide to eschew the typical headquarters model and have everyone coordinate through Zoom group chats from home?
We chronicled an extraordinarily innovative firm founded by the inventor of Amazon’s Alexa, Jeff Adams, Cobalt Speech and Language.
Jeff started his new speech processing company, Cobalt without a physical office space despite having dozens of employees and Fortune 500 customers. Furthermore, their employees consist of some of the very brightest language processing minds on the planet.
Now with the nation working from home and many of the largest companies in America operating without their employees using a physical office space, Cobalt might be the poster child for a post-Coronavirus world? Considering how ahead of the curve Alexa was, it's not surprising to see the future embraced by the brightest minds.