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Technology has helped us survive COVID-19, but at what cost?

Work from home, distance learning and cyber-attacks - the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the already hot landscape of technological development. Some of the changes that defined 2020 will remain in effect well beyond 2021, as will some of the mistakes.


Gaming goes beyond social distance

The gaming industry gained its fair share in 2020, including unprecedented profits of $ 175 billion. Covid-19 boosted profits and accelerated growth in an industry that is expanding every year and would probably have made impressive gains even if the pandemic had not broken out. In March, the World Health Organisation issued a statement recommending gambling as a safe activity in the COVID-19 era. WHO used the hashtag #PlayApartTogether as part of its call to unite people around the world, while asking them to keep their distance.

The year we figured out what to do with artificial intelligence

Machine learning, which until now has been a much-needed keyword in startup investor presentations, has enabled the full sequence of the structure of the virus and its artificial intelligence, which allowed the rapid analysis of huge databases and the conclusion reached on them. Scientists realize that COVID-19 was similar to SARS, for which there was already a basis for a vaccine.

2020 did not only turn theories into practice, but used technology in the public sector. Geeks, nerds and crazy scientists, who have been describing horrific scenarios for deadly virus cases for years, have shown that they could do more than just warn people, to defeat the virus.

Labor rights

The first days of the pandemic were marked by a reassessment of work plans, not only for medical and nursing staff, but also for another type of worker: delivery, drivers, cashiers, supermarket clerks and storekeepers. They were the anonymous and unsuspecting heroes of staying at home. Most of them earn very little, are deprived of medical insurance and sometimes even basic rights. At first it seemed that their work could be improved royalties and their working conditions. THE Amazon, for example, awarded a risk bonus of $ 2 per hour. However, she reversed her decision when it turned out that the pandemic would not be a fleeting event.

Technology divides, does not unite

Digital healthcare, online shopping, distance learning and homework have all been boosted by the COVID-19 pandemic and provided an insight into what life should be like in the next decade. But the existence of technology as the solution to all the current problems It also leads us to the conclusion that access to digital tools is not evenly distributed between countries, cities and even families.

Investing in technology is supposed to promise progress, improvement, and even equality, but technology is not evenly distributed. The Covid-19 did not reveal the failure of the technology infrastructure, but its success was limited. Since its inception, technology has become a tool that brings inequality to the surface. Only those who have a reliable connection to Internet could easily work from home. Only families with enough computers could allow their children to do their homework. Only those who are technologically oriented could benefit from remote healthcare services or digital shopping for basic products. The rest suffered a double blow - both from the pandemic itself and from the transition to digital world. It will take years to fill the gaps created in 2020.

Yesterday's problems are today's lawsuits

The lawyers of the big technology companies will spend many of the next years in court. 2020 ended with a number of lawsuits filed against Google and Facebook by the US Department of Justice and the FTC, and is probably just the beginning. The problem is that these treatments appear about ten years later.

Forever under the shadow of war? Cyber ​​fights are here to stay

Cyberattacks have become a major global threat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The statistics are very clear. In 2009, there were 12,4 million malware attacks, in 2019 this number increased to 812 million, and according to FBI estimates, in 2020 this number will end with a tripling under the auspices of the COVID-19 pandemic. The damage; $ 6 trillion in 2021 according to conservative estimates. The reason for the sharp increase in attacks is not due to the lack of protection tools. The US government, for example, spends $ 15 billion a year on defense in cyberspace. It is not enough, however, to neutralize the vulnerabilities. The most popular passwords are still "Password" or "123456" with the result that 95% of the violations are due to errors caused by people.

Source of information: calcalistech.com

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