November 26, 2020
5 Tech Trends Accelerated By The Coronavirus
The Use of AI in Healthcare
While healthcare institutions worldwide had already been using AI for their practices, the pandemic indeed rushed its use. Examples include AI platforms that warned about the virus outbreak and AI algorithms collaborating with the virus analysis virus and vaccine development.
Telemedicine (using digital tools to diagnose and treat patients remotely) has also exploded and promises to stay after the pandemic. Given the strict stay-at-home orders, people resorted to their smartphones for medical consultation and saw that they could get a proper assessment without having to go to a clinic.
The Redefinition of Delivery
The quarantine drove online sales and further cemented delivery apps as a preferred purchase method and introduced contactless and driverless deliveries. On one hand, contactless delivery quickly became a go-to method for delivery, as it reduces the interactions between drivers and customers.
The Adoption of Remote Work
Embracing the work-from-home model propelled old and new technologies into the spotlight. Platforms like Slack and the Google Suite saw huge increments on their userbases while applications like Zoom rose to stardom.
Many businesses found allies in remote work tools that were already there, but that proved essential to keeping things going during the crisis. As workflows were redefined to accommodate the new circumstances, businesses started adopting other digital solutions as well, including cloud-based CRMs, project management suites, and chatbots.
The Rise of Virtual Experiences
In response to the demand for entertainment, museums quickly introduced virtual tours, including virtual replicas of the British Museum, the Guggenheim, or the Rijksmuseum. Soon, zoos, famous landmarks, and even theme parks started offering virtual tours of their own.
Seminars, conferences, and even concerts moved to the virtual realm as well. Video games did they part too, with Fortnite paving the way for musicians like Travis Scott or Diplo launching their new albums within the game.
The Emergence of Tracking Apps
To reduce contagion, several countries around the world pushed for the use of mobile apps with tracking abilities. This way, authorities would be able to understand the movements of the population and prevent further spreading of the disease.
The results varied, and the efforts proved more successful in more authoritarian countries, where the tracking information coming from the apps was combined with data from other sources. Controversial as it is, this trend is undoubtedly here to stay, mainly because face identification algorithms and tracking apps can also be used for security purposes