Around the planet, nearly every aspect of life has seen a subtle yet significant digital transformation. It seems inevitable that we consider how the coronavirus may have expedited this change and the new ways we go about our daily lives.
Unlike much of the world, here in the UK, 2020 did not mark the start of our uncertainty. No, we’ve had a warm-up, four years of pre-Brexit turmoil. Taking the global pandemic out of the equation for a moment, 2020 was destined to be exhausting, for us in the UK.
But, 2020 was not only the year that the earth stood still. It may well be the year of the conspiracy. Almost every strand of the social make-up has been exposed to some level of misinformation, media-fuelled panic and woke-ness.
Moore’s Law vs ‘out of necessity’ vs conspiracy
The first evening of this year, I spent contemplating a celebratory glass of single malt. I thought about the enormous digital transformations that have and continue to occur.
In just a short few months, teleconferencing, crypto-tech, AI and digital services exploded. These are not new technologies, so why did 2020 see them so quickly become everyday services?
Has the pace of technological change become so fast that humans are playing catch-up? After all, if Moore’s Law has held true since 1975, automation and connectivity must surely be the norm.
Although, perhaps our post-industrial revolution impact has been so significant that Gaia is going through a period of balancing. The groups that caused the most damage appearing to be the most vulnerable.
But, let us not overlook the amount of data suggesting that political response to Covid-19 may be disproportionate. Successive lockdowns have crippled the economy. While our key workers are the only people with any prospect of employee retention.
Was a digital transformation inevitable?
Whatever the contributing factors are, the old ways appear to be no more. Corporate society has been pushed online or out of business. The high street has all but closed down and working from home is the new norm.
Our newly embraced reliance on online has meant that during 2021; digital video, VPNs, influencers, and e-commerce will tear down the traditional walls of small business. Their significance looking like becoming part of the foundations of entrepreneurship and commerce.
Many people have taken 2020 to be a sign, a reason to embrace change and re-evaluate their futures. Doing-it-online has become the default offer, giving us everything we needed to work and connect from home.
Maybe some people feel anxious, and some may want to return to the pre-2020 world, but the digital transformation is here. 2020 marked the start of the change, but as we start 2021, it seems increasingly likely that the “new world order” is upon us.
This current digital transformation could mark the most significant social change since the industrial revolution.