The COVID-19 pandemic is a world-shattering event with far-reaching consequences. At this point their future impact can only be imagined.
COVID-19 has taken lives, disrupted markets and tested the competence of governments. It has already led to fundamental changes. More may follow and their impact may continue for decades.
To help us make sense of the crisis, learn-tech.io called on experts from around the world to help demystify COVID-19 in a short, practical course.
COVID-19 Demystified has been developed for three key audiences.
- Firstly, the more than 1bn young people now shut out of classrooms who still seek education.
- Secondly, the wider public who are ‘drinking from a firehose’ of ‘news’. Information that frequently includes much disinformation and fake news.
- Thirdly, those decision makers and policy makers seeking to understand more about the challenges they face.
Each of these audiences really needs opportunities to learn more about the pandemic both to protect their own lives and the lives of others.
The scientific and mathematical complexity behind fighting COVID-19 means that many people lack tools to understand fully the impact of their own actions. Without such tools, misinformation and ignorance spread easily and can amplify negative effects of the pandemic. Those with no understanding of the science of the pandemic have sought to destroy 5G infrastructure, or adopt false cures bringing risk and harm to themselves. Some have adopted blame and hatred rather than nurtured their own understanding. The Demystification team hopes that this course will aid understanding and ultimately it will aid the fight against COVID-19. We all hope COVID 19 Demystified could be a key weapon in our fight against the pandemic and its effects.
It is intended that COVID-19 Demystified aids our fight against the virus. It offers practical ways to gain analytical skills and knowledge enabling more people to make their own sense of the pandemic. With a set of data and models that a user can examine and investigate, each of us can model strategies for mitigation, understand better why different strategies are being followed and come to their own conclusions regarding the wisdom of different strategies.
Above all else, COVID-19 is an opportunity for us all to learn, and whilst the subject matter is necessarily serious, there is a deep joy to be gained in understanding the science, technology, engineering, and maths that underpins the not only the fight against the pandemic but life itself.
Mike’s passion is to simplify Deep Tech to enable organisations grow, and help people to learn.
In September 2013, after a long and successful career at Microsoft, Mike founded what was to become learn-tech.io - a company dedicated to democratising Deep Tech, and helping people develop technical, scientific, mathematics, engineering and business knowledge and skills. learn-tech.io now has customers for its products and services in UK, Singapore, China and Australia.
Mike started his career in automotive engineering, spent 10 years teaching and at Secondary and University levels, then worked at Microsoft for 13 years before founding his current business. His experience spans the full spectrum of technology - from AI to Zero Emissions solutions.
Learn-tech.io provides custom learning and technology solutions to organisations such as Pearson, Intel, Microsoft, ARM, BBC, Singapore Science Centre, RM Plc, Box Hill Institute, Burges Salmon and the Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy.
The learn-tech.io organisation includes partners in Asia, and “Deep Tech Task Force” - a team of interns focussed on simplifying a wide range of aspects of Deep Tech from Neural Networks, to FinTech, to Law and Public Policy.
Mike is the author of the “AI Demystified” and “How to Make a Mind?” courses. He has delivered keynote speeches across the world on a range of technology related subjects and has worked at senior level in over 30 countries.