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Our Economy Was Just Blasted Years Into the Future

The crisis is compressing and accelerating trends that would have taken decades to play out

It is an unusual, once-in-a-lifetime, super-charging event for companies such as Clear and its surveillance rivals, rebranding themselves while becoming an answer for companies, offices, and agencies everywhere contemplating how to safely reopen.

Against the backdrop of a two-century period of faster and faster transformation, the coronavirus is compressing and further accelerating the arc of events.

One reason for the doubts about the revival of gains for workers is yet another byproduct of the coronavirus: an accelerated automation of jobs.

What most of the biggest American companies will be able to count on is their own survival.

Editor at Large, Medium, covering the turbulence all around us, electric vehicles, batteries, social trends. Writing The Mobilist. Ex-Axios, Quartz, WSJ, NYT.

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