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Covid-19 pandemic has created tremendous changes in the world, leaving people with no choice but to adapt to the new normal in order to thrive. While the negative impacts on the economy are evident and the uncertainties on the lives of people becoming apparent, this period has also strengthened certain industries as they have become indispensable in sailing through the changes. More specifically, we have seen a drastic growth in the opportunities in the digital industry all around the world, and we expect this realm will continue to provide opportunities to the people even after Covid-19.

Like the rest of the world, India has become ever more adapting to the use of technology in this time of crisis. Even before the pandemic, the country has already been gearing toward a stronger digital inclination evident by being among the countries with the highest volumes of online transactions. However, this pandemic is taking the nation to newer heights of contactless technology in many facets which have given rise to various responses, some smoothly easing into the transition while others feeling overwhelmed with all the drastic changes. Amidst all these, what is clear is that this crisis is creating a new mindset and behavior among us all and they will pave the way to more innovative and creative opportunities in the future.

Currently, we are already witnessing this adoption of the new mindset and behaviours. Schools for example have closed, but education continues online. People may have formed unfavorable initial reactions to this method, but students and teachers are slowly adjusting to it. Similarly, companies have adopted work-from-home arrangements and video-conferencing has replaced in-office meetings. We are also seeing more people utilizing food delivery services and witnessing a growing number of businesses transitioning online. Among the most interesting trends now in the country are online funerals and Zoom weddings. Through these, Indians no longer have to spend much in order to hold such gatherings. These changes are just the beginning as I am convinced the pandemic will present more unprecedented changes in the coming years.

To be specific, industries related to telecommunication, cyber-security, automation, supply chain, and no-touch technologies will be the prime services and products of the future. These industries have thrived throughout the years with large-scale businesses as their chief clients but this time of pandemic has proven them to be a necessity even to an ordinary individual. With the increasing demand for them, bars of expectations from the consumers will be raised, requiring companies to provide improved standards, efficiency, and overall services. With this, we can expect never-before-seen advancements in the digital realm.

In detail, the telecommunications industries will further see a surge in the number of applications that will be valuable for the users as a result of transactions going digital. With this, cyber-security would be even more expected to strengthen as it is already playing a critical role in the lives of most people. We are seeing rapidly increasing instances of hacking in this period with criminals becoming more aggressive in stealing finances and exploiting data for personal gains. Thus, cyber-security will be forecast to bolster. Emphasis on the safety of people will also propel the automation industry. We will see an age with more digitalized transactions in various sectors, eventually replacing manual processes to reduce the health risks posed even after this pandemic. Currently, robots and drones are already in use but we will see a significant increase in their utilization in the future.

Likewise, innovation in the supply chain technology is anticipated to take place as this crisis has emphasized how critical this industry is to the lives of people and has pointed to the system’s vulnerability to shortages, hoarding, safety issues for the workers, and global politics. Further, we will expect no-touch technologies to increase in application for the fear of disease transmission. Some examples of these will be the increasing number of no-touch restroom products like electronic toilets, electronic faucets, automated soap dispensers, and touchless toilet-seat raisers.

India has a lot more to improve when it comes to the digital field, but these improvements are already underway. Opportunities in the various digital industries will expand, providing more jobs to people. The covid-19 pandemic may have brought many companies to the verge of bankruptcy and carried negative impacts on our lives, but on the positive side, this has also made our nation and the world more innovative in surmounting these challenges. Particularly, the current situation is driving us to achieve unprecedented heights and unimaginable breakthroughs in technology. With this I can say, the digital age will have a promising future not only in India but the entire world.

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