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How Coronavirus Epidemics Could Alter the Future of Tech

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The impact of COVID-19 on the economy and our lives has been the subject of a lot of discussions in the last several weeks. But there’s been less discussion of the potential long-term implications of how the virus—or something like it—may alter the longer-term trajectory of our society and economy.

Here are some big-picture considerations of how the new coronavirus, or something like it, may fundamentally and uniquely alter our highly connected, communication-dense and unevenly flexible world of 2020.

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