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I'll leave you with this piece that's doing the rounds:
A conversation between a child and their Grandad in 2095...
Child - How old are you Grandad?
Grandad - I'm 81 Kid.
Child - So does that mean you were alive during the Coronavirus?
Grandad - Yes kid I was.
Child - Wow. That must have been horrible Grandad. We were learning about that at school this week.
They told us about how all the schools had closed. And mum's and dads couldn't go to work so didn't have as much money to do nice things. They said that you weren't allowed to go and visit your friends and family and couldn't go out anywhere. They told us that the shops ran out of lots of things so you didn't have much bread, and flour, and toilet roll 'child giggles'. They said that summer holidays were cancelled. And they told us about all those thousands of people that got very poorly and who died. They explained about the NHS and how hard all the doctors and nurses and all NHS workers worked, and that lots of them died too.
That must have been so horrible Grandad.
Grandad - Well kid, that is all correct. And I know that because I read about it when I was older. But to tell you the truth I remember it differently...
I remember playing in the garden for hours with mum and dad and having picnics outside and lots of bbqs. I remember making things with my Dad and baking with my Mum. I remember making dens with my little brother and teaching him how to do handstands and backflips. I remember having quality time with my family. I remember mum's favourite words becoming 'Hey, I've got an idea...' Rather than 'Maybe later or tomorrow I'm a bit busy'. I remember making our own bread and pastry. I remember having film night 3 or 4 times a week instead of just one.
It was a horrible time for lots of people you are right. But I remember it differently.
"Remember how our children will remember these times. Be in control of the memories they are creating right now so that through all the awful headlines and emotional stories for so many that they will come to read in future years, they can remember the happy times."
Stay sane, stay safe!
Onward! - Rahim
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My recommendations for this week
1. 'The impossible has already happened': what coronavirus can teach us about hope Link - uplifting
2. In China, This Coronavirus App Pretty Much Controls Your Life Link - surveillance is here
3. I’m an E.R. Doctor in New York. None of Us Will Ever Be the Same. Link - very long, but worth it!
4. What Doctors on the Front Lines Wish They’d Known a Month Ago Link
5. Coronavirus Is Changing How We Live, Work, and Use Tech—Permanently Link - Our future
6. Inside the High Stakes New Life of a Coronavirus Specialist Link
7. People Are Paying Real Money to Get Into Virtual Zoom Nightclubs Link - Not me!
8. These Are the Drugs and Vaccines That Might End the Coronavirus Pandemic Link
9. The Supermarket After the Pandemic Link
10. What Returning to Work Will Look Like in Offices, Cafes and Factories Around the World Link
My Tech Recommendations for this Week
1. 'Magic toilet' could monitor users' health, say researchers Link
2. How Apple and Google are tackling their COVID privacy problem Link
3. Coronavirus Clarity Link - must read
4. Mapping “The Future of Work” Startup & Investor ecosystem Link
5. 'Needle in a haystack': Reborn tech offices may need distance and mass testing Link
6. Improbable’s simulation tech could help us build better pandemic models Link
7. Machine learning could check if you’re social distancing properly at work Link
8. AI Uncovers a Potential Treatment for Covid-19 Patients Link
9. The food that could last 2,000 years Link - time to stock up?
10. Sprayable user interfaces Link
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