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Old 03-19-2020, 10:34 AM
Location: Boston, MA
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Here's an interesting article from the MIT Technology Review online periodical:


If true, then our society will surely slowly evolve into something only imagined by sci-fi writers not too long ago. Could this coronavirus pandemic cause a paradigm shift into the way we think and act? Thoughts?
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Old 03-19-2020, 11:11 AM
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Yes, it could change a 'shift' in the way think, but probably not how you think it will happen!

Whichever way it happens, a lot of people will wonder about it, and many will never except it!
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Old Today, 10:27 AM
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I'm seeing things with technology that will likely change the movie industry. Seeing on Amazon Prime that they are offering rentals of "Cinema" movies. Obviously movie theaters are closed now, so this is the only way to get those movies out to people. It's a $20 rental - which is quite expensive if you are the sole person going to the movies, but if it's a movie you planned to take the entire family to, that actually becomes a bargain.

I'm thinking once this pandemic is over with, this is probably something that will stay in place, even if/when the movie theaters open back up. Especially, seeing as how people have 4K HDTVs now, and the standard size tends to be at least 50", you can essentially get a pretty good movie experience in the privacy of your own home now. Being able to watch that latest action blockbuster at home at the same time it is released in the movie theater would be pretty cool, although I could see the movie industry charging more for those blockbusters.
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Old Today, 11:24 AM
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Technology has already reduced human interaction before the pandemic. I think the trend will continue. For example, ATM machines have replaced bank tellers. EZ Pass has reduced toll takers. Working from home has become more prevalent. Distance learning is increasing. People stream music online instead of buying records and CD's. People are texting more and talking on phones less. People wait for movies to come to cable rather than going out to theaters. People are using online doctor visits. People shop for clothes, appliances, furniture, even groceries online instead of going out to stores. All of these have a cost reducing outcome. Less cost for businesses and less costs for consumers, workers, students. It's only logical that these trends will continue and broaden.
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