A promising Ghetto
Beatrice E Rangel
For all the devastation it has caused covid 19 one thing is sure: life will have a different flavor when tamed by science. Initially the cyber express way will be larger, more efficient an more penetrating than ever. This means that for all the well-deserved bad sentiment on China the need to expand 5G will most likely tone down restitution arguments.
Indeed, 5G will not only change the way that humans communicate, it will also change communications .Vehicles, ships, buildings, meters, machines, factories, medical devices, etc. will be connected through electronics, software, sensors and the Cloud. Ad China has developed the 5G standards for the Asian world. Then there is the need for office space. So far at least 1M square feet of office space will be abandoned just in Manhattan.
Think about the rest of New York and other states of high business concentration. Then there is agriculture, organic and veggies will get a boost as two trends negatively impact the meat and poultry industry. These are: the preference for vegetarian diets by millennials and Gen Zs and Gen Alphas and the unsurmountable difficulties to establish social distancing rules at slaughter houses while covid 19 fails to meet an effective vaccine . As a result, the world will consume more vegetable proteins.
But perhaps the most transcendental transformation will take place in education and training. As companies reduce office space and throw part of operational tasks to the home office while reducing manpower through AI powered robots, workers will be pushed into cyber learning. And we who are beyond the 6ith decade all too well know young people not only are digitally fluent but light speed absorbers of digital skills. Soon employers will learn to use remote training as tool to make productivity inroads and through them enhance competitiveness.
And as remote learning progresses, cyber skills and talents will expand to cover areas that today lag behind technologically for lack of skilled manpower. Cyber fluent workers perform jobs that are better compensated than those that demand mechanic skills. Cyber skills also allow workers to engage in off the job compensated activities that bring extra money to the family budget.
In short the worldwide ghetto imposed by covid 19 and that will last up and until science comes forward with a vaccination will most likely produce the most competitive work force ever to move on planet earth. Very much like in the Middle Ages when the world created knowledge that later impacted trade and culture to usher the renaissance, the covid19 ghetto will be the midwife of greater and more equal progress.
Published by laht.com on May 4, 2020
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