Feb 24, 2020
Good Monday morning, everybody. Craig Peterson here. I was on with Jack Heath this morning. We discussed the Coronavirus, Covid-19 and its spread and how Technology is helping and hurting. Here we go with Jack.
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So there we go this morning with Jack Heath Craig Peterson here, and let's get into it. We talked quite a bit about some different aspects of what's happening with technology and the Coronavirus, the Covid-19.
Joining us on the Autofair listener lines, our regular contributor Craig Peterson. Craig, I want to take a few moments, we just had Nick Bayless and talking about this Coronavirus concerns economically. Nearly 80,000 confirmed cases, and even if we need to keep perspective on this and not get paranoid, but is technology going to save the day here or not?
Well, there are two sides to this tech's getting influenced by it. We see at right now Apple and Amsterdam. I shouldn't say both are looking at a real downturn, Orders coming ahead. Samsung is even found at least one infected employee on their manufacturing floors in South Korea and has shut down all manufacturing operations. Apple says that iPhone that we were looking for in September that inexpensive iPhone is probably not going to be able to meet those dates. Yet technology is undoubtedly being used to track it, but it's also being used against us now. We have warnings out there about some of the text messages, emails, etc., that we're getting, saying, hey, download this tracker, go to this website. Click on this to find out about Coronaviruses in the area right now. Those are the negatives. On the positive side, there are trackers used by professionals that are collecting and correlating all of these symptoms. We actually have a couple of companies now using artificial intelligence. To watch the spread, to try and figure out what's going on there. We've already got technology that has looked at the virus and DNA has mapped it, and is changing the whole world of vaccines, instead of the vaccines, taking years sometimes to develop, we're talking about months away before we have a viable vaccine. Then it'll need testing, etc. Technology is doing to help this as well as causing problems. Society now versus the Spanish flu in 1918, we're very mobile, we have people taking this virus everywhere around the world. It's a two-edged sword here, Jack.
Well, what about vaccinations, and can technology? You know, Ken, because Nick Bayliss, our healthcare expert earlier, was saying there's more than one sort of strain of this grow virus can cause vaccines with more tech knowledge today get done faster and out faster, yes or no?
Oh, it's a lot faster. It's easily ten times faster than it used to be. Plus, we're able to do now is we're able to use some of this artificial intelligence to check millions of potential solutions, you know, cures in some cases. But in the case of most viruses, we're talking about having a vaccine, and we're able to test millions of them a day virtually. So it is going to be dramatic. I don't think we're going to see some of the horrific numbers that people have talked about deaths worldwide, but we do have to be careful. It is going to hurt the economy. Technology has seen some of the problems already. A lack of manufacturing, initially, but ultimately, potentially even the consumer side of things. Yeah, but you Look at the car parts and the accessory market for automobiles. Many, many brands and manufacturers move on China when you look at South Korea and the numbers of people not going to factories and working and staying home because the case looks at Italy, you can see the contagion. I think you're right on the fatalities. But we are now at 80,000. And we could see hundreds of thousands of cases globally for this thing is contained or at least a couple hundred thousand I would think and Nick Phil concurred with that. So it's certainly going to spread the question Will you know where and I guess the pockets that are worse than others? Well, here's something for New Hampshire businesses and businesses worldwide. And that is most jobs, obviously not manufacturing, but most regular jobs we can do from home. And there is already a whole movement afoot. for employees to work at home to stay at home. You've got to be very careful about the security side because These computers at home are not part of a secured network that there might exist in the office if you will. But I think that the technology side of things could help stop the spread. Have your employees work from home as they can. And the latest version just came out last week and other studies showing that people working from home are more productive in most cases than they are in the office.
Yeah, you're not going to get this as a water cooler, even a story. I mean, even a study out of Harvard Business School was remarking on that that, you know, three days of work with companies on people to work at home is showing more productivity once you start seeing the top line going up. You'll see that happening more curves are commuting people, don't you people live in Atlanta, DC, terrible commuting areas. Boston, Massachusetts, is a terrible commuting area. I don't know why I didn't want to work there. No, I'm kidding. I like to have fun in Massachusetts and Maine's expense. But anyway, you'll see that that work at home thing for a lot of reasons makes more sense. All right, Craig Peterson from tech talk, I appreciate it, Craig. Thanks, Jack.
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