If the predictions from science fiction literature were accurate, we’d be living in a very different society than we do today. Autonomous, flying cars would shepherd deliveries between locations while the members of our society would be interacting with holograms and living in virtual reality worlds.
Unfortunately, for those who closely follow consumer technology, its pace seems to be more glacial than transformative. While streaming media has grown exponentially, physical media still exists. While online banking is normal, physical branches have a strong foothold in both urban and suburban settings. While home automation technology has slowly invaded the home, stitching it together in a usable way is still a challenge.
Though no one should wish upon the world of technology a global pandemic like the coronavirus, its rise may actually give birth to a new world of innovation that shifts the technology world out of its methodical crawl and into an outright sprint.
While we wait to see what innovations arise from the constraints the virus has placed on our society, there are a few areas of our lives that we may see tangible change sooner rather than later. Below are five such areas that are worth watching…