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We need to be ready for a brave new world

Malcolm Byrne


  

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All change: Technologies such as virtual and augmented reality will transform our lives. Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP

All change: Technologies such as virtual and augmented reality will transform our lives. Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP

All change: Technologies such as virtual and augmented reality will transform our lives. Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP

We need to prepare for when we emerge from this public health crisis and how we will respond to a very changed world.

With record numbers of people now unemployed, we need to support a major back-to-work effort. Some will not be in a position to go back to former employment and major programmes of upskilling and reskilling will be essential.

There is real recognition now of the importance of experts, of scientific investigation and of trusted sources. We need to support research to deal with the fallout of the pandemic and address future challenges.