There is no question the COVID-19 has changed the world, but it's interesting to see how our conversations around technology have changed alongside it. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) used AI to look at just that.
BCG used contextual AI to analyze more than 150 million media articles from 30 countries published between December 2019 to May 2020. Here are a few interesting points on what they found:
- Only half of the top tech/telco topics pre-COVID remain in the top ten during COVID.
- Data analytics has risen 35% from pre-COVID levels as individuals and companies use data from medical research and emerging habits to forecast everything, from the path of the pandemic to potential supply chain disruptions.
- Articles on 5G have increased, but context has changed. One thing is clear, the global pandemic is forcing all of us to re-think the way we work and how we do business regardless of industry, geographic location or market. And the technology topics pushing to the forefront continue to reflect that.
These shifts can give a sense for how the world has refocused itself to tackle the crisis in the short term. The findings also show the crisis could be leaving some key risks or solutions under-discussed or under-explored, potentially creating new vulnerabilities.