How Microsoft Co-Founder Looks at 2021
2021 was a challenging year, to begin with, for several people, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and he hopes that next year will be better. When Paul Allen, another co-founder of Microsoft and Gates, invented the firm, they had a vision of personal computers being a massive part of people's lives. But never ever have they thought about a future where people transformed from in-person communication to digital.
2021 was the year where pandemics dominated our lives, changing our lifestyle to a new standard - the online world. It was full of enormous situations with global consequences - continuing Covid-19 effects, extreme weather, and US's retreat from Afghanistan.
End of Pandemic
Due to vaccine uptake challenges and Delta variant, we are not near to the covid-19 end, but Bill Gates hopes that the acute pandemic phase is nearing and would probably end by 2022. Though the pandemic struck us terribly, the progress made on vaccines is astonishing, with its distribution being at a faster pace than any other disease-related vaccine.
Gates thinks that mRNA vaccines will be represented as the most critical innovation of Covid-19. There has been a gamechanger for pandemics as well as the upcoming Omicron. 2020 and 2021 have shown us that we can make a significant change, with heroic people stepping up to protect the communities, from health workers who went door-to-door ensuring everyone had been vaccinated to teachers devoting time to drop off class materials to students.
Once the pandemic comes to rest, it will be an honour to the power of innovation and global cooperation. However, the current situation highlighted how the trust in public institutions is reducing, leading to complications in responding to challenges.
We have seen a swift, widespread service adoption that existed, such as online grocery shopping, clothing trails or conferences. The more we leverage digital systems or tools, the more feedback Microsoft-kind firms get about making them better, and it might take at least a decade to have an insight into the covid-19 effect on digitization.
Covid-19 has transformed the way we work, shifting work from the office to work from home. Though several firms had chosen to adopt the hybrid approach, there is debate about returning to the normal working mode.
Bill Gates predicts that within the next 2 or 3 years, virtual conferences or meetings will shift from 2D camera grids to the metaverse. Both Microsoft and Facebook recently announced their aim to introduce metaverse, which gives insight into what it will look like.
The next digitized area is the healthcare field. Telehealth is not something new, but its fame amid Covid-19 was new. For the last 2 years, more people have chosen virtual appointments, and these techs are getting better day by day and Gates expect a colossal enhancement over time.
When we look back, we start to see how these 2 years of digitization slowly changing our lives. There is so much capability for tech to develop more options and flexibility for people.