According to a survey by the Atlantic Council
, the coronavirus pandemic is expected to significantly accelerate innovation in the future of work, data and AI, trust and supply chains, and health and medicine. The majority of the 100 tech experts polled suggested that the most impactful innovations over the next two to five years will stem from developments in data and AI, and health technologies.
As COVID-19 imposes heavy demands on healthcare systems, strains international supply chains, and alters work norms, it is expected to spur innovation in these domains. The stigma of working from home has dissolved with an increase in remote work due to the pandemic. The current scenario, however, has also exposed the rigidity of supply chains, demanding a reevaluation of their flexibility.
Artificial intelligence is being leveraged to combat the crisis, gaining visibility as a force of good. From healthcare AI startup Qure.ai developing enhanced capabilities for its AI-based chest X-ray automation to address COVID-19 to KPMG deploying AI tools to analyze contractual obligations and termination clauses amid supply chain disruptions, AI's application has seen a marked surge. The pandemic's long-term impact may be challenging, but its role in reshaping our trajectory with technology is unmistakable.