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Tech in the Post-Pandemic World


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The impact of technology on humanity.

Considering five of the key arenas we need to be thinking about post-pandemic.

Credit: Jim Datz/The New York Times

The freaky video of the New York Police Department's robot dog owned the internet earlier this month. The minute that DigiDog creepily trotted out of a public housing building, many people decided that the "Terminator" future had arrived — and that humanity was doomed.

Humanity is not doomed. But the hubbub got me thinking about how to assess the future of tech, both the bad and the good, in the wake of the pandemic.

Much like the major changes that raced through American society after the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic (also after World War I), this will be a jarring time. Here's my take on five of the key arenas we need to be thinking about post-pandemic.

From The New York Times
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