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P.W. Singer predicts the pandemic will hasten the era of mass surveillance

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It took a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders for 1.5 billion people worldwide, but something is finally occurring to us: The future we thought we expected may not be the one we get.

We know that things will change; how they’ll change is a mystery. To envision a future altered by coronavirus, Quartz asked dozens of experts for their best predictions on how the world will be different in five years.

Below is an answer from P.W. Singer, an expert on the future of defense. He is a strategist at New America, a professor of practice at Arizona State University, and the author of seven books—most recently Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution, published in May 2020.

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