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From: Robi. Feb 7 2021

I have already completed the 10th month! What? Yes, I started to work from home since March 16th, 2020 and since then I did not go to the office, not even once. Nobody could have predicted such a catastrophe, which would be caused by an invisible enemy; impacting the whole world simultaneously and killing millions.

Thanks G-d, we are doing well. All of our loved ones are also safe and sound. We should and are grateful for being lucky enough to keep our jobs, sanity and health during this unprecedented situation. Unfortunately there are millions of people, hit by the pandemic. I hope humanity passes this test, kicking off a better era for all. In the meantime, I would like to take a step back and share some thoughts, regarding the new normal.

Digital transformation has come through a Ferrari speed and it is here to stay. We will not get rid of the virtual calls, even after this disaster is over. Zoom, Teams, Skype, What’s-Up chats will still be part of our day-2-day lives. It is said that there will be more voice assistants than the entire world population by 2024!  

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/what-happens-in-an-internet-minute-in-2019/

Data is already the new capital, the “oil” of the 21st century. I lately saw a presentation, which mentioned that every day we create 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 (2.5 quintillion – million trillion) bytes data. Make no mistake; this is every day.  They say that 5G mobile networks can reach their full capacity, raising a need for 6G by 2028. Please check the pie-charts above to follow the trends in 2018 and 2019. Though these figures are pre-Covid, they show how significant (and scary) data is. The businesses, which will be able to evaluate and interpret the importance of these trends, will be the winners of the new world order.

Certainly, climate change is in front of us, with its huge magnitude. Will the “homo-sapiens” be able to form a grand coalition to overcome this enormous challenge or are we going to betray our grandchildren? Unfortunately, the plan to rescue our home conflicts with many interests, hence it is not a very straight forward recipe. It will require lots of sacrifices by each of us, once the consensus all over the world is reached.

Those are very basic (and maybe cliché) thoughts on a few mega trends and topics of the next 10+ years ahead.  But I believe we should keep talking/reading/discussing about these areas in order to increase our awareness and get ready for the future.