The COVID pandemic will end up changing the nature of work by accelerating the adoption of AI.

In fact, job searches in AI have risen 106% in the past year (June 2019 to June 2020) as revealed by data from job site Indeed.

Job searches around AI-related jobs have seen a 20% increase in the last 6 months alone (March 2020 to July 2020), in line with the onset of COVID-19.

As an aftermath of the global pandemic, industries all over are witnessing an accelerated adoption of AI-led technologies in order to ensure business continuity during the changed circumstances. Because of the increased number of functions being automated, creating a need for more skilled tech talent.

Covid-19 is a reminder of how interconnected humanity is globally.

How can technology create safer working conditions during the pandemic?

Technology plays a significant role in our interconnected world to elevate human security for all, across countries and cultures. In the world of the Internet of Things, we have ability to transform analog and digital feeds, reason over data and respond immediately. As the world progresses along the path of the immediate response, the recovery and rebuilding our customers today are implementing safer environments.

In this video, will learn about solutions developed by Microsoft’s partners.

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Insight has developed a Detection & Prevention solution to improve health and safety in businesses and public spaces. Utilizing video, IoT Edge and Azure, this solution enables organizations to detect conditions indicative of contagious disease and help to assure social distancing practices are in place.

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And if you want to dive into Ben’s guidance for IoT Edge development, check out his blog post: .

A colleague of mine, Ayman El-Ghazali, worked through data from the state of Maryland.

Code is available on GitHub.

I chose not source my data directly from Maryland’s State Government site because the format was not easy to use. The official Maryland Government provided data basically has each day as a column and had the rows as Zip Codes — not as easy as the data provided from the site above. So there may be few discrepancies between the data on a day to day basis, but the totals are identical. You can read about their methodologies of retrieving data from various official State Government websites and the quality of each.