Implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak for innovation: Which technologies will improve our lives?

Technol Forecast Soc Change. 2021 Feb;163:120451. doi: 10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120451. Epub 2020 Nov 7.


In contrast to earlier coronavirus diseases such as SARS or MERS, whose impact was largely limited to specific regions of the world, the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is affecting people across the globe. This article analyzes the effects of this worldwide phenomenon on certain technologies and how this may improve our lives. It presents technologies that relate directly to the treatment of the virus as well as those that have been used to adapt to living under this crisis. Given that such a pandemic will likely affect humanity again, this article also highlights how these technologies may prove helpful in the future. To this end, technological challenges, related innovation logics, and their social impacts are discussed.

Keywords: COVID-19; Forecasting; Innovation; Pandemic; Technological change.