The good news is that over the last week new cases are plateauing or even reducing in many countries, including Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, and a range of Western European countries.
Of course new cases are still rising alarmingly in other countries, most notably the US, though also in UK, Canada, and France.
The chart below shows the last 10 days of data on new cases from a selection of countries, using two different scales to help make sense of the range of the data, and avoiding logarithmic scales as it is hard to visually interpret for this kind of data. Commentary on the implications below.
News is just out that Facebook has locked up an exclusive deal with microLED leader Plessey to supply next-generation micro displays to power augmented reality glasses. Read on for the context and implications…
Beyond smartphones will likely be smartglasses
After the TV and desktop came the laptop and tablet and then the smartphone. The progress of our interfaces with technology and information will not end here. The most obvious contender for the immediate successor to the smartphone is some form of augmented reality glasses.
I have been writing about the potential of augmented reality glasses for over a decade, even being honored at the top of a list of ‘failed’ tech predictions for the 2010s for my prognostications in late 2009 of AR as a core form of human augmentation.
Today, most countries in the world are enforcing social distancing and in many cases lockdowns, forcing people to stay at home, sometimes at pain of fines or imprisonment.
This is immensely challenging, but if executed well it will curtail the spread of the virus so we can move past the peak of infections into the next phase.
The issues I raised in my recent blog post We can stop the pandemic in its tracks, we just need to lose all privacy. Are we prepared for that? are, fortunately, becoming very much a topic of public debate.
Here are some of the more interesting articles that have recently emerged framing this very important conversation.
There is only one topic today: the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential trajectory.
The scope of the pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetimes, and given how interconnected and interdependent our world is compared to previous generations, it is in many ways unique in human history.
In the coming months and likely beyond I will be focusing my thinking, content development, and strategy work on the medium to long-term systemic impact of the pandemic, and the actions we can take today to create a better future for ourselves, our organizations, and everyone.
We can readily stop COVID-19 from spreading and reverse its path of devastation.
It just requires health authorities and the government to track our every movement and everyone we come into contact with, with no exceptions.
This is already happening to a substantial degree in a numnber of countries, and quite possibly has been a major factor in limiting the spread of the disease in some instances.
At this point COVID-19 is easily the worst pandemic since the Hong Kong Influenza (H3N2) in 1968 and the 1957 Asian flu (H2N2), both of which are estimated to have killed at least one million people, far worse than the more recent SARS, MERS, Ebola, or avian flu.
An inevitable pandemic
Some people seem to think this has come out of the blue, but a pandemic of this nature has been long anticipated by experts. Despite Goldman Sachs and Sequoia Capital among others calling the spread of coronavirus a ‘Black Swan’ event, it is absolutely not, as well-explained by the Red Team Analysis Society
A little while ago I gave a keynote titled Powerful Ideas Shaping Our Future at the highly inspiring Supply Nation Conference, which had the theme The Power of an Idea.
The five powerful ideas I shared in my keynote covered some of the most important themes that will shape this decade. Ideas ripple out to create action and in turn change. Here are brief snapshots of these five deeply interrelated ideas.