The COVID-19 pandemic has got most of us wistful, as we regret we took for granted the little things that we deemed insignificant not so long ago. On the other hand, it made us realize the importance of some technological improvements, which in the future will surely become a huge part of our lives.
Here are three things that will soon become a part of the new normal.
1. Automation and Robotics
Given the social distancing guidelines we all must abide by, different kinds of services are now relying on automation to continue serving their customers. To cope with the situation, there's now a focus on robotic restaurants, robotic delivery solutions, and perhaps in the future, robotic caretakers.
Some businesses are already starting to invest in autonomous solutions so they won't have to hire human workers and risk getting them infected with the virus. The rise of automation also means that autonomous cars will no longer be controversial.
All these -- to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
2. Virtual Conferences and Video Conferencing
With the majority of the world's population following stay-at-home orders, video calls are becoming the normal way to communicate, whether for business, education, or casual talks.
Microsoft, whose Skype now has over 40 million active users since the implementation of lockdowns, has since upgraded its features and added Teams for private use. The company is clearly trying to be on par with Zoom and teen-centric platform Houseparty.
These days, it's all about knowing which video conferencing tool to go for, something that is specifically tailored to one's needs.
3. 3D Printing
The world pre-coronavirus has been introduced to the world of 3D printing, thanks to those weirdly satisfying videos on social media. However, its real use has only been realized when the pandemic struck the world and caused a shortage of medical supplies.
Because of the outbreak, companies like HP Inc. and other 3D printer owners stepped up to produce protective gear like face shields for hospital workers. 3D printing businesses also manage to continue operating because they require not many employees. They can still do their jobs while maintaining a safe distance with each other, and owners don't have to spend a ton of money to pay wages.
We're not wishing for a second wave of COVID-19, but that's likely going to be the scenario, so, likely, these tech improvements will only continue to thrive. The world is changing to respond to the threat of the coronavirus.