Technology has defined our species. The invention of writing, the creation of the printing press, and the use of the scientific method have propelled humans along paths our ancestors may have only dreamed about. We are awash in technology.
Yet the coronavirus has spread. Its spread has been accelerated by misinformation and poor decision making. Would more technology help slow the spread of COVID-19 and other pathogens? Yes. But what we are seeing on a world scale is that the basics of handwashing, covering our mouths, and social distancing are the greatest tools in our arsenal. They are easy and powerful to use.
However, the adoption of these processes fails because of poor Human Algorithms.
What do I mean by that?
One of the biggest obstacles to slow the spread of the virus is how well societies adopt broad-based practices to flatten the curve. This is not rocket science. This is communication. The insurmountable problem appears to be the lack of common Human Algorithm.