Post Covid Technology & Innovation

Post-Covid: Technology / Innovation

Chartwell Team
administrator at Chartwell Speakers

As Covid-19 continues to dominate our lives,  technology has become even more essential as a way to continue working, to stay in touch with each other and to provide entertainment while staying at home.  More crucially, Innovations in Technology are also vital for remote working, maximisation of healthcare equipment and apps that will assist public health professionals to track contacts of people with the virus,  to help stem the spread. 

In the aftermath, we will take stock of the lessons learned and we feel sure that there will amazing stories of how the world utilised its creative and innovative talents, in incredibly difficult conditions, to develop and deliver game changing products and services.   

Chartwell’s world-class speakers shed light on what is happening now and they can share their ideas and expertise on how the world will recover from this difficult time.

Contributors include; (articles are below in date order)

DJ Patil @dpatil). is regarded as one of the most influential data scientists in the world.   He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Devoted Health – in mid 2020, he took months of unpaid leave to help California fight Covid.   He came to national and international prominence when he was appointed by President Obama as U. S. Chief Data Scientist, the first to hold the post.

Carl Benedikt Frey(@carlbfrey) Carl is the is the Founding Director of the Future of Work Programme​ at Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. He is the author of  ‘The Technology Trap, Capital, Labor and Power in the Age of Automation’, selected as one 2019’s best business books of the year by the FT.   He maintains that ‘Even after Covid-19 passes, companies will want to pandemic-proof their operations”.

Daniela Rus is the Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT.  A renowned scientist in AI and Robotics, Daniela is a firm believer in the collaboration between robots and humans for improved productivity and well-being. The pandemic period has accelerated robotic usage as a safe alternative to exposing humans to viral risks.

Mike Isaac (@MikeIsaac) is a technology reporter at the New York Times and author of ‘Pumped’, the story of Uber.  He shares his insights into how the technology industry has been particularly affected by Covid-19. 

Bruce Daisley  (@brucedaisley) is the best selling author of “The Joy of Work” (2019) – on improving work culture.  The book is a follow up to his number one business podcast, “Eat Sleep, Work Repeat” (also peaking at number 4 in the US).  He is a veteran of YouTube and was EMEA VP of Twitter, stepping down in early 2020 to pursue research and writing.

Matt Ridley  (@mattwridley)  is the author of thought provoking books on evolution, genetics and society, his latest book ‘How Innovation Works’ will change the way we think about the world and how it works.

Richard Susskind is an author and independent adviser to major professional firms and national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service and, that technology is the key to law firms. He suggests that technology is the answer to industries who cannot find a way to work remotely. 

Ramesh Srinivasan(@rameshmedia)is a UCLA professor, author and adviser working at the intersection of technology, politics and societies in the world today.  He has worked in over 70 countries studying internet/social media technologies, AI, big data’s impacts on political life, economic and business concerns and futures as well as cultural and global effects.

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is an  internationally-renowned thought leader known as the Disaster Avoidance Expert, is on a mission to protect leaders from dangerous judgment errors known as cognitive biases by developing the most effective and profitable strategies for risk management, strategic planning, disaster avoidance, and decision making.

Margaret O’Mara  (@margaretomara) is Professor of History at the University of Washington, specialising in the political and economic history. An internationally recognized expert on the history of Silicon Valley and the American technology industry, she is also a contributing writer for The New York Times.

Bertrand Piccard is a medical doctor, renowned aviator and an advocate for the all sectors to constantly innovate and set new targets for progress, and on ecological sustainability. In his talks,  Bertrand illustrates his concept of the psychology of life, human communication, team-work, motivation, pioneering spirit, as well as how to deal with stress, uncertainty and crises.

Recent articles and videos


Carl Benedikt Frey – In Foreign Policy, Carl’s article outlines why ‘China Won’t Win the Race for AI Dominance‘ – and why their ability to innovate is key to this process.

In MIT’s Sloan Review, Carl talks about ‘ The Great Innovation Deceleration’ and why our response to the COVID-19 pandemic could damage the world’s collective brain.

Dr. Gleb Tsipurskyin Psychology Today, shares ‘How Your Household can Survive and Thrive in This Pandemic’.


DJ Patil. In an interview on Amanpour and Company, DJ warns that COVID isn’t going away anytime soon and about his concerns about the misuse of data

Daniela Rus  Read about this timely and practical response to safeguarding public and employee health, MIT’s CSAIL’s robot that disinfects areas of any viral properties. 

Matt Ridley  In this article, Matt explores if the key to Covid be found in the Russian pandemic  and what we can learn from the events of 1889-90

Ramesh Srinivasan.   In this opinion piece on CNN Ramesh delves into the myriad of issues regarding the use and abuse of data and news by tech firms, political campaigns and public/ government authorities – he suggests we need a ‘digital bill of rights’ which requires disclosure and transparency around what data is being collected about us, by whom, and for what purposes.

Bertrand Piccard.   In this video interview with France 24, Bertrand believes a green economic model is possible after Covid-19 – we can maintain reductions and find new ways to protect the environment.

May 4-29

Mike IsaacMike was interviewed by KCRW about the roller coaster jobs market in technology globally right now – there are winners (Amazon, Zoom) and losers (AirBnB, LYFT..) – in the piece, they discuss why Silicon Valley is bleeding jobs and which startups will survive COVID-19?

Bruce Daisley  In a thought provoking BBC article about ‘offices’, and how and where we will work post pandemic, Bruce maintains that we will not go back to how we used to previous work patterns, it has changed forever.

Carl Benedikt Frey   In the Financial Times Carl illustrates how democracies have proven they have the edge in coping with this crisis

Matt Ridley  In The Spectator this week, Matt Ridley writes about how we know everything – and nothing – about Covid  and that it is data, not modelling, that we need now.

April 21 -29 

Carl Benedikt Frey  In an opinion piece about AI and Covid 19 pandemic in the Financial Times, Carl suggests that Coronavirus is likely to accelerate automation as these will allow for less human contact and exposure to the virus.   This period will also open up opportunities to rethink how jobs are done and to allow for more automation in the work process.

DLD interviewed Carl on the subject of – Future of Work – What Can History Teach Us About the Impact of Covid-19?

Mike Isaac In the New York Times this week, Mike shines a light on Facebook and how it is responding to the downturn in business to trim their sales and to launch new services.

Matt Ridley Listen to Matt here – in this podcast, he is interviewed about his new book ‘How Innovation Works’

April 1st 

In two articles, Bruce Daisley, former VP EMEA Twitter is interviewed about how to bring joy to work and why working from home is no easy feat in the Human Resource Executive and in the Washington Post 

March 23 – 31:

Richard Susskind: New Website Tracks use of Online Courts amid coronavirus pandemic in Scottish Legal News and Susskind was featured in The Law Society Gazette where he discussed how the pandemic prompts global ‘remote courts’ initiative. 

Ramesh Srinivasan. The Covid experience highlights the urgent need to build ‘Resilient Networks’ and to create technologies to support us during future Public Health emergencies or any other significant crises.  He speaks about this and other current challenges in Digital Trends 

Mike Isaac Big Tech could emerge from coronavirus crisis stronger than ever in The New York Times 

Matt Ridley Matt explores the curious age of determination of coronavirus in The Spectator.

March 16 – 22:

Margaret O’Mara: O’Mara recognises that there is “a fresh recognition and appreciation of the role of government in ensuring economic stability and opportunity” in The New York Times.

Richard Susskind: Technology is key to stopping coronavirus wiping out law firms in The Times. 

Matt Ridley: Ridley shares how robust civilisation really is in The Spectator.

February 22:

Matt Ridley: Why have so many of our viruses come from bats? in The Spectator.


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