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Break out your computers. Rebuilding post-pandemic requires more than hammers and bulldozers

As we start to emerge from the pandemic, it’s tempting to daydream about all the ways our lives will go back to normal.

Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. Too many lives were lost. Too many businesses were disrupted or bankrupted. Too many aspects of the infrastructure that we take for granted every day, and which were already weak, have been fundamentally transformed or even destroyed by the impact of COVID-19.

What we need to focus on is rebuilding that infrastructure. I’m not talking about bridges, roads, and power plants (although we certainly need to focus on physical infrastructure too). I’m talking about the basic foundation of trust, communication, and interaction in our modern world.

I’m talking about code.

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