A few weeks after COVID-19 hit the world, technologies have risen and began playing a role in helping society move forward despite the lockdowns and self-isolations. Ultimately, these technologies will have a long-term impact even beyond this global crisis.
Below are some tech trends that have and can help strengthen society, and some considerations about their impact on trading, business, work, seeking medical services, learning, and entertainment.
Robots And Online Shopping
It will be remembered that back in 2002 when the SARS virus rose, there was a huge growth seen in the business-to-consumer and business-to-business online platforms in China. The same may happen now. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed online shopping to the next level – from okay to important – all over the world. Some pubs in China and other countries are offering happy hour through online deliveries.
Shopping online will continue beyond the pandemic, provided that it has a strong logistics system. Direct person deliveries are undoubtedly not virus-proof. A lot of delivery companies in America, China, and other countries have launched no-contact delivery services where products are picked up and dropped at specific locations instead of package deliveries straight to consumers’ homes. Large companies in China are also currently speeding up their robot delivery systems.
Companies are continually assigning their employees to work remotely, and this has happened because of various technologies like virtual conferences, online work tools, virtual private networks, and facial recognition software that are helping people communicate and work effectively in the comfort of their homes. This prevents the spread of coronavirus and has also saved many employees time and money.
However, working remotely has also posed some risks for employers and employees. For instance, tech support can become an inconvenience especially when it’s not performed on time. Privacy and information security can also be a huge concern, as shown in the recent hacking of the Zoom application. Emotionally, employees can feel alone, anxious, and depressed with the lack of work-life balance. Guidelines and regulations might need to be updated to improve remote work setup further. Also, studies in the psychological and psychiatric fields must be further be conducted to understand people who work remotely.
Due to the quarantine guidelines that have prohibited person-to-person interactions, people have heightened their creativity and turned to online entertainment. Streaming concerts and other live events have gained popularity all over the world. New films are also being released online, as are movies that were formerly not seen via the web. Iflix and Netflix are some of the most popular entertainment platforms that people can watch movies from while they’re at home. Other forms of entertainment include virtual museums and online gaming.
Telemedicine, or medical consultations online, is an effective measure to prevent coronavirus from further spreading while still being able to cater to primary medical care. Chatbots are available to provide an initial diagnosis based on patients’ reports of their symptoms. There are also materials like wearable personal IoT equipment that serve as vital signs trackers. In other countries, though, where medical care is expensive, telehealth must be covered by insurance. Telehealth also necessitates that medical professionals are literate in technology so that they can conveniently communicate with their patients. Doctors can give medical care only to those who live within the same jurisdiction as they are.