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About a third of Americans are working from home because of the coronavirus. The technology that enables this has been around for many years, but it took a pandemic to force the move to remote work.
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
About a third of Americans are working from home these days because of the virus outbreak, and that includes me. I’m speaking to you from my home in Los Angeles. Although it took a pandemic to force so many of us into remote work, the technology has actually been around for many years. Greg Rosalsky from our Planet Money podcast team has been exploring why it still feels off.
GREG ROSALSKY, BYLINE: I don’t know about you, but this is getting old.
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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: I can’t hear you…
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: If there is a…UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #3: You also have a power cable…ROSALSKY: The daily video calls.(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #4: Wait, I want to learn from you guys, but there’s feedback happening.UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #5: Robert – can you mute, Robert?ROSALSKY: The online group chats.(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #6: Addie (ph), please mute.ROSALSKY: I miss the office.(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #7: Can you say that one again? What was that?ROSALSKY: Ever since the birth of the personal computer, people have been predicting that communication technology will kill the office. The Stanford University psychologist Jeremy Bailenson has thought a lot about this.JEREMY BAILENSON: Think about what an office job tends to be. You get in a car. You drive […]