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Posted on February 24, 2021

Recently vaccinated, I wondered what the NEW NORMAL will be for us. Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious today {February 21, 2021} hopefully predicts that as a nation we may be back to some form of a new normalcy be the end of 2021. But how will it affect our everyday work life and ways of living. What should we in the TECHNOLOGY sector be prepared for?

1. Mike Goodwin, the former general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation, wrote, “The ‘new normal’ has the potential to be more humane for workers in many ways. First, it seems clear that we are learning rapidly the extent to which ‘knowledge workers’ can work from home, provided that they have the right informational infrastructure that supports such remote work. Cutting down on the need to commute, making schedules flexible and increasing the ability for employees to be caregivers and parents while working will be helpful. The transaction to home-based work will create a better environment for family life and allow for more accommodations for people with disabilities.

2. The Emergence of an “INTERNET of MEDICAL THINGS” with sensors and devices to monitor our health; smart machines to diagnose disease/ and hand-held devices to be used by a new class of TELECARE workers will allow us to live smarter, safer, and have more productive lives. All positives of our workforce.

3. The creation of 3-D SOCIAL MEDIA SYSTEMS will permit an environment for richer human interaction. This will be accomplished by utilizing ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE/ VIRTUAL REALITY/AUGMENTED REALITY/ DEEP LEARNING/ NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING/ and MACHINE LEARNING.

4. Esther Dyson, internet pioneer, journalist, entrepreneur and executive founder of WELLVILLE states regarding the NEW NORMAL, “Things will be both better and worse. Many people will be dead and many others may be permanently damaged, physically or mentally or economically. “With luck, we will start to think long term and realize how much better things for all would be if we would invest in our greatest asset “human beings”. We need to think long term. We need to invest in everyone’s future. Now we need to invest and train a large new cadre of TELE-CARE workers to deal with the residual effects of COVID-19.

5. Craig Silliman, an executive vice president at VERIZON, states “while COVID-19 has forced us to distance physically, it has brought individuals closer together. When we lost our physical proximity, we created emotional bridges that connected us in new and profound ways .I believe that once we are together again physically, we will not forget what we learned while we were apart and that will make for richer and deeper relationships for years to come.”

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