Star Trek fans like me are familiar with wormholes.
They’re tunnel-like passages through space and time, similar to the tunnels bored by worms through apples. Until recently, they only existed in science fiction fantasies and in highly theoretical constructs of Einstein’s theory of general relatively.
But it feels as if we’ve all just passed through a wormhole, doesn’t it?
In the past few months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve jumped 10 years into the future of online commerce, according to analysis from McKinsey & Company, the global consulting firm.
McKinsey also estimates that in just two weeks, telemedicine saw a 10-fold increase in virtual appointments. Remote working drove a 1,900% increase in video conference calls. Online learning welcomed 250 million new students in just 14 days. And it took only five months for Disney+ to attract the number of online movie streaming subscribers that Netflix signed-up over seven years.