For the past thirty years we have been moving toward a time when technology would rule our world. First computers, then the internet, cell phones, robotics, social media…
Now comes a quantum jump ushered in by Covid-19.
We see that distance learning is now practical. Elementary and high schools will probably go back to some semblance of normal, for the short term, because parents are use to the schools babysitting their broods. But, think how much money school districts can save by not having to maintain facilities, bus schedules, school lunches, libraries, and support staff. Teachers can be trained to work from home and coordinate electronically. Parents that, in the future, will work from home can then supervise their own children’s learning.
Now that we see it possible, distance learning makes tremendous sense financially.
Universities only need to maintain lab semesters. Again, the overhead of not having to maintaining massive infrastructure, dorms, support staff, cafeterias, office space… could bring down the cost of an education within the reach of all Americans. This lock down we are experiencing will move us faster toward that realization.
The same goes for businesses. Much of their management could be accomplished through some platform similar to Zoom. Now that technology is moving us in that direction, we can see most non-physical labor can be successfully and cheaply conducted by home workers.
This Coronavirus has shown us that moving toward a more technological and socially isolated society is not only possible but doable.
People resist change; but when there is an economical advantage driving the change, it will come regardless.
There will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth; but the technology revolution has just taken a massive jump forward.