The founder of the Microsoft company, Bill Gates, continues with the predictions about the coronavirus pandemic that put all countries in the world in check. This time, with the podcast titled “How will the world look after covid-19?”, The businessman reflected on the future that awaits human customs once the health crisis has been overcome.
This Monday night, in the popular podcast he makes with Rashida Jones, the businessman listed, without explicitly doing so, a series of changes that will occur in the future, especially in the labor and social sphere.
1- Virtuality for business
Once the pandemic was over, the second richest man in the world predicted – second only to Jeff Bezos, of Amazon -, the way of traveling and conducting business it will be completely different. “Just like World War II brought women into the workforce and a lot of that stuck, this idea of ’Do I have to go there physically?‘… We will be allowed to ask that ”, anticipated the businessman.
That trend, he said, will continue even for more casual or more routine encounters, such as work meetings. “The idea of learning or having a doctor’s appointment or a sales call using only a screen with Zoom or Microsoft Teams will change dramatically,” predicted the Microsoft founder.
In addition, he assured, “people will go to the office less. You could even share offices with another company that it has employees who arrive on different days than those who arrive ”, with which staff turnover could become a constant in the post-pandemic world of work.
2- Sophistication of the software
According to his forecast, even the tools that exist today to maintain a virtual meeting will change drastically, allowing that cultural change to be even more pronounced and effective.
“The software was a bit clunky when this all started, but now people are using it so much that you will be surprised how quickly we will innovate with software“, said.
3- Urban redefinition
By not having the need to move to the office every day, people will be able to get away from crowded cities, where rents are much higher, redefining urban life as it was known until now.
“In cities like Seattle and San Francisco, even a well-paid person is spending an incredible amount of money on their rent,” Gates warned.
4- Social contact
“I think the amount of social contact you have at work may decrease, so the desire to have more social contact in your community or with your friends at night could increase,” he said of the socialization that will follow. to the pandemic.
“Why if we’re doing a lot of remote work, then our urge to socialize, our energy to socialize after stopping work, will be a little older. It could change the balance a bit there, ”he said.
5- Latent risk
Although the vaccine could be available to much of the population in record time, Gates believes that normality as it was known until the beginning of 2020 will not return for a long time. Society, according to its projection, will remain fearful of taking risks if it is not fully immunized.
“There is a phase where we are going to have very low numbers in the United States, but it will continue to be in other parts of the world, so it could resurface. I think that many people will continue to be quite conservative in their behavior, especially if they associate with older people whose risk of becoming seriously ill is quite high, “he said.
6- A world more prepared for future pandemics
Finally, the founder of Microsoft considered that the world will be more prepared for a future pandemic, although he clarified that this would not necessarily be as severe as that of covid-19.
“The main reason it will have a less destructive impact is that we will have practice. We would have played disease games like war games, and almost every country will respond as South Korea or Australia did, where people are screened and quarantined very quickly, and our testing tools will be much better. We won’t be so stupid the second time”, He concluded.
Other predictions of Bill Gates
At the end of September, the businessman had predicted that America would return to normal life in the summer of 2021, thanks to the progress made in vaccines against the coronavirus.
Previously, the founder of Microsoft had opined that probably None of the investigational coronavirus vaccines would seek “approval in the United States before the end of October” and that the first that could apply for the emergency use license would be that of Pfizer.
In another interview, Gattes predicted when the disease might end. “For the rich world, we should be able to end this (the coronavirus) by the end of 2021, while the rest of the countries would see it finished by the end of 2022,” he assured Wired magazine.
Too recently warned of another epidemic, malaria. “Mosquitoes bite every night and infect millions of people with malaria, a disease that kills a child every two minutes,” said the tycoon.