We have not thought out the economic and social impacts of the change we are unleashing when one provides not just a computer but a machine that replicates the human mind. The future could be as dark as our most dystopian sci-fi stories.
The decadent, irresolute, and unfocused West appears to have dealt with COVID after all, managed to develop the better package of vaccines, is solving its energy security issues, and is now rapidly coming together in cooperative behaviour to push back against both Russian and Chinese government assertiveness.
There is nothing preventing the federal government from coming up with its own indicators based on available provincial data and creating a new grant that would complement the existing Canada Health Transfer, which would remain operating as it has.
We are in the curious position of being one of the biggest spenders on health in the developed world and yet marked by growing shortages of services as well as mediocre performance on many health indicator outcomes compared to countries that are spending less than we do.
Who was able to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic largely depended upon the sector. For those that could, however, hybrid models of remote work are likely to persist given the preferences that have been formed.
The belief has persisted that the future would be one of excess labour supply and unemployment. Yet technological change and the pandemic disruption has actually made labour shortages a more pressing problem.