One of the richest persons on the planet told what he expects from the new year
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and one of the richest people on Earth, wrote a traditional New Year’s letter, in which he summed up the results of 2021 and gave forecasts for 2022.
Only the lazy did not speak out about the fact that during the pandemic, humanity made a big step into the digital world, and it will stay there. Video conferences and ordering products via the Internet will stay with us for a long time. But Bill Gates is confident that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The technologies we use will improve over time. The more we use digital tools, the more we understand how to improve them. It will take less than 10 years to fully understand how the pandemic has changed digital technology. But already now I see areas in which we will see global changes in the nearest future.
Office work. The boundaries between once isolated areas of work (a separate meeting, a separate business trip, or a casual conversation in the corridor) are crumbling. Our understanding of what productivity looks like has also turned upside down.
We started working from home, and this will not change with the end of the pandemic. But sitting at home, we are deprived of the opportunity to communicate with colleagues. However, this problem can be solved simply: all you need is a camera and a second screen on which pictures from colleagues’ cameras will be broadcast.
However, all this is only a step towards the full development of the virtual world. Bill Gates is confident that in the next 2-3 years, the current zoom meetings will evolve into a kind of meta-universe with digital avatars.
Eventually, our digital copies will meet other avatars in virtual spaces, as long as our bodies are in the comfort and safety of home.