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Technology And The Pandemic

It was Stephen Hawking who said that “We are all connected by the internet, like neurons in a giant brain”. Many of us take for granted the modern digital technologies that we did not have access to even a few decades ago. As a matter of fact, these technological devices long characterized as trivial, non-essential or even harmful during the times of calm and abundance have now become indispensable while coping with the global pandemic (Covid-19).

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Social distancing has been the order of the day with businesses, organizations and government bodies going remote to avoid some of the possible health consequences. Critics have often decried the always on, always connected nature of modern life but simply being able to connect to loved ones, co-workers or even emergency services is an amazing achievement. Before now, times were changing at a rapid pace due to technological innovation but this has now been catalyzed even further by the human need for new services, solutions, and ways of doing business when in-person contact is limited.

A new survey finds that responses to COVID-19 have speeded the adoption of digital technologies by several years and that many of these changes could be here for the long haul. During the pandemic, consumers have moved dramatically toward online channels, and companies and industries have responded in turn, The survey results confirm the rapid shift toward interacting with customers through the digital channels.

Organizations have also been using the online video conferencing applications to hold company meetings and even parties and that also includes students taking classes online. These features are convenient for every form of technological device ranging from the mobile phones for call centres to laptops. Also, being able to binge watch programmes and shows on Television and playing games has also been some of the few ways technology has been able to keep people moving during this period

This is a video documentary on how technology has helped a family cope during this Global pandemic.
Video by Michael Ngadaonye

While these services seemed not so vital years ago, these Covid times have taught us different and if it had hit us some 30 years ago, none of these would have been at our disposal. This is why we must nvere take for granted the modern digital technologies.

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