A post-pandemic cashless society? Was remote NFL draft a tech success?
Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, provides his perspective on technology in the age of the coronavirus pandemic:
Is the coronavirus pandemic leading to a cashless society?
A little bit, yeah. People are using touchless payment systems much more than they're using cash, both because we're not interacting with people directly as much anymore and also because cash is kind of skeezy. There is a little problem with this, though, which is that young people are really happy with Venmo, PayPal, all those other options. Old people get confused by it. It's kind of not fair. This transition is easiest for the people who are least at risk of coronavirus. But there we are.
Was the NFL draft a technological success?
I think so. So, the NFL setup all these different camera crews in Roger Goodell's house. They got special iPhone systems for all the general managers. They set up video streams of all the players who are likely to get drafted. And it went off without too much of a hitch, besides something that went wrong with the Broncos, they thought they wouldn't be able to pick. Mostly, I just follow the draft because I like watching how Bill Belichick trades.