Speculations on the new (and old) human dynanics in the post-pandemic world

Authors: Daniel Sui*, Virginia Tech
Topics: Urban Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Transportation Geography
Keywords: human dynamics, post-pandemic world
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 9
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Drawing from the changes in human dynamics from the previous pandemics, this paper speculates how human dynamics will change after COVID-19 in the short (3-5 years), medium (5 to 10 years), and long term (beyond 10 years). While there will be some short-term significant changes in terms of how people work, travel, shop, and interact with others, the medium and long-term impacts will be triggered more by the accelerated technological innovations and developments led by wireless communication, robotics, data analytics, quantum computing, and a plethora of on-line/cloud-based tools and applications. While there will be new human dynamics worth studying, we also need to pay attention to the retrieval of old human dynamics. We can only have a holistic understanding of the spatial and temporal dynamics in the post-pandemic world when we consider the characteristics of both new and old human dynamics after COVID-19.

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