Socially Distant 2021

Socially Distant 2021
  • CES announced yesterday (28 Jul) its 2021 edition, scheduled for the first week of January, will go all digital.
  • Google also told its employees they won't be returning to the office for another year, till July 2021.
  • Goggle's move is likely intended to help its staff plan ahead for childcare, accommodation etc.
  • If this is also general policy, it will assist other stakeholders plan accordingly too.
  • Eg, a cafe which had relied on Google's staff for patronage would now know to plan for otherwise. Or event planners can't expect Google to turn up for in-person events, as exhibitors, speakers or delegates, for another year.
  • Other big tech companies could be similarly inclined and major events in the first half of 2021 like MWC, SXSW, F8, IO, Hannover, WWDC and Cannes look to be going digital, hybrid or be shelved.

Side Note
  • A meme was going around suggesting The Year of the Rat has played out according to the characteristics of the rodent. Rats tend to stay in their burrows coming out only occasionally for foraging.
  • Next year will be The Year of the Tiger. Will it turn out to be a tiger or a tabby? Well, at least for the first half of 2021 it is looks like it could be slumbering as felines like to do.
  • [This section is a bit of trivia , not to be taken seriously.]

Tiger Day
  • Today (29 July 2020) is International Tiger Day.
  • Remarkably, endangered tigers have made a comeback in five countries: Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Russia.
  • This is due in part to WWF's TX2 initiative, a 12 year project from 2010 to 2022, from the last Year of the Tiger to the next.