The Covid-19 pandemic has indelibly marked the lives of all of us, due to the forced and often radical changes in our daily lives. Being forced to stay at home during the lockdown is a challenge we are all subjected to, but perhaps it is in the most difficult moments that you learn to give weight to the things that really matter and to discover new ones.
Technology has been fundamental in outlining a new lifestyle, it has represented a new challenge for many age groups, unaccustomed to its use and often far from these tools. Many young people found themselves explaining to relatives how to use technology to deal with everyday problems such as online purchases, booking visits, video calls and distance learning, dispelling the myth that it is always adults who teach young and old to the other way around.
Especially, distance learning involved all students of rank and order, showing how there is an alternative, in my opinion complementary but not a substitute, to classical classroom lessons. Children can be more empowered, learn to manage their time better and reduce the gap with peers from other parts of the world, more accustomed to using technology as an integral part of the education system: almost 6 out of 10 teenagers did not find themselves in difficulty with digitization but 1 in 3 did.
Imagine if everything we are experiencing had happened in the 90s or, if we wanted to have a laugh, in the 50s: what would have happened? Will we have been able to stay at home without contact with our loved ones or with our employers for over 10 months? Think about it well.
Technological evolution is representing an almost unstoppable and at the same time fascinating phenomenon: just think of “5G” , almost seven times faster than the best performing connections: we are not talking only about numbers of course, but this speed can really allow us to do anything from unimaginable distances with an instant response time.
There are many areas of application, truly a vastness: from the automotive sector to smart cities, but also factories and museums, from the environment to tourism, through agriculture. For many, however, one of the most interesting, as well as useful areas, will certainly be that of healthcare, where robot surgeons operate; they require a communication times of a few milliseconds and doctors can perform diagnoses or interventions on a patient in any part of the world, monitoring and analyzing its vital parameters thanks to artificial intelligence algorithms that will identify the risk factors.
Before effective drugs or a fully functional vaccine against COVID-19 are developed, which could take a year or two, these new forms of organizations and lifestyles are likely to become mainstream in many parts of the world. The most important thing, however, is that what information technology has given us is not just food, education or income, but above all the possibility of safeguarding emotional ties, which are as fundamental as anything else. Therefore, dear readers, I invite you to REMAIN HUMAN!