The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered our culture. Early indicators of recovery are beginning to appear as the infection rate slows in some of the hardest-hit areas. In certain towns, cities, and states, businesses, public spaces, and other services are gradually reopening.
One day, living with Covid-19 will be the New Normal. The New Normal is a term used to describe how people are already adjusting their lives to live with the future of Covid-19. This article discusses what it means for someone to live in New Normal and how they can do so by adopting now.
A new normal has been introduced to us in the face of an unprecedented global challenge. In response, we must learn how best to protect ourselves from what is happening around the world and also look ahead at how this situation will impact our everyday lives going forward.
- Thousands of AI innovations have sprung up in response to the challenges of life under lockdown last year. Machine learning is being used by governments in a variety of ways, from contact-tracking apps to telemedicine and remote learning. The possibilities for AI are exciting, to be sure, but the dangers are also obvious. Ethical issues, such as security risks and discriminatory bias, are already a reality.
- There is an opportunity for the public and their representatives to create a framework in which we can anticipate these issues. Principles such as proportionality, inclusivity, human oversight, and transparency should guide us when it comes time for regulating AI’s use in society! The future of transportation had also been created by the new normal, which included app-enabled mobility and visions of driverless cars. Other cities around the world, on the other hand, reverted to old modes of transportation and reclaimed roads for new uses. Hundreds of miles of former driving and parking lanes have been converted into bus and bike lanes, as well as outdoor restaurant and café seating, allowing millions of residents to come outside safely by providing a six-foot buffer.
- Six feet of safe space on roads and sidewalks in all those cities require to transition from a closed-in economy to an open economy. On almost every street, there is six feet of space hidden within individual lanes that can be readapted for safe, socially distant mobility, to create open-air commercial districts, and to make space for outdoor classrooms and civic activities like voting. The six-foot streets that will underpin global economic recovery are already within reach, and the outdoor, place-making activities that they enable can make cities safer, more resilient, and more sustainable long after the pandemic.
- Social interaction has a significant influence on many aspects of our lives, including the workplace, family life, and many routine activities. In many situations, the quality of social connections is one of the most important predictors of mental and physical health. There will undoubtedly be many new social norms, but we can be certain that we will want to be social – to get together and talk about it all. There is no doubt that our opportunities for social interaction will be limited in the future as a result of the various stages of lockdown. We need to keep our communities healthy while also managing this reduction in order to live with and recover from the pandemic. Will our future be more open to using technology and social robotics in order to solve problems? Will technology provide us with the same amount of social contact that is required for social wellness, innovation, and productivity? Will our desire for face-to-face interaction makes us less likely to engage with and benefit from alternative forms of interaction?
- As international borders are likely to be closed in some form until the end of 2021, people are staying, driving, and traveling locally, while short-term rentals such as Airbnb are performing better than hotels. There are some encouraging signs for the future: domestic travel, which is largely supported by small locally owned businesses and is often overlooked by the giant travel marketing machinery in favor of big-ticket international trips, is gaining traction, and if people begin to appreciate their local regions more in the coming years, it will contribute to a smaller footprint on a planet that desperately needs it. As I like to call it, radical localism.
We all know that the world is changing and we need to keep up. The New Normal has become a term used for living in an era where technology, transportation, and social gatherings are very unusual but not without reason. There will be new normal arriving to help us prepare ourselves better as time goes on so it’s important that you adjust yourself now too. I hope this blog post gave you some insight into how these changes can affect your life and what steps you can take today to make sure we don’t get left behind by coming innovation! Comment below with any questions or thoughts about adapting for tomorrow’s society because I want to hear from you.