How COVID-19 Could Change The Tech World?

Here in 2020 our lives have all changed thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. What we considered to be normal is no longer normal and it very well could alter our lives as we go forward. It is quite possible that there could be major changes to our lives, not only as the virus dies out but as we move forward in 2020 and into 2021. 

Technology has become even more important to us. We’ve all had to utilize technology and in some cases push it to the limits whether it is because we are working from home or just to keep some level of sanity as we binge watch show after show after show on Netflix. If technology wasn’t a major part of your life before this, it is now.

So, how could COVID-19 change the tech world?

Not All Bad

Obviously some of it may be for the better and we’ll start on a more positive note. More people are online and are utilizing online services like streaming services. This will help move people off of cable and into a new digital realm and that is good for those companies (but maybe not for cable companies). It may help to keep your sanity and it might bring your family closer together. How good that is is up to you.

5G Suspended

But, not all of this is good. Some are temporary and will eventually come to fruition like with work on 5G wireless services being paused as well as delaying 5G technology. Not only are employees that were working on it forced to stay home but once the pandemic ends it will not be a major priority for the federal government as people try to get back to work and businesses try to reopen. 

This is not just a problem in the US as it is affecting other countries around the world as well. Some wireless services though have removed data caps, so at least there is that.

Bandwidth Is Valuable

Of course speaking of many of the streaming services we have found that bandwidth is not unlimited. It may seem that way during out normal day-to-day lives but when you are sitting around doing absolutely nothing for most of the day bandwidth has become a precious resource. Many streaming services limiting quality to 720p to conserve bandwidth though it may not be enough.

It may eventually lead to ISPs being forced to throttle video content, which accounts for a huge amount of used bandwidth, and it may wind up completely killing off any possibility of a restoration of net neutrality. ISPs may also face increased traffic as wireless providers push users towards using wi-fi services to make sure there is bandwidth available. 5G services might have helped to mitigate this but there is nothing we can do about this at this time.

Changing Working Habits

This potential lack of bandwidth has changed the working habits for many people. Many people have moved from the more conventional 9-5 day to working later into the night when more bandwidth is available. We are almost in a 24/7 workforce in some industries and by getting more employees used to working in what was off-hours may make them more comfortable being available 24/7 to do work. While no one will be working 24 hours a day more people now might be “on the job” for more of the day. Whether that is a good thing or not remains to be seen.

Increased Reliance On The Cloud

Some of you may be lucky enough to be able to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. That means that you may be using a VPN for the first time and you have come to possibly rely on the Cloud for your computing needs. Cloud computing services have been on the rise and with many people being forced to work from home it has become even more important. This may be the end of the old client-server architecture that many of you have come to know and that may not be a bad thing.

There will probably be many more changes to our lives that we cannot foresee yet as we do not know how COVID-19 will play out. Who knows, by the time this is over we may not care about bandwidth and the Cloud but hopefully it will not get to that point. If a lack of bandwidth is the worst thing to happen to you during this period, you’re doing pretty well.

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