Working remotely has yet to become a thing, but it will

I recently read a story about how internet, when it arrived fully in the 1990s, was expected by many to decentralize workplace culture in a way that people would be able to work remotely from anywhere, anytime. What ended up happening was the opposite. Cities became a more entangled ecosystem with Yelps, Google Maps, DeliveryHeros and TaskRabbits of the world, which convinced people to stay around each other rather than take advantage of internet’s newfound capabilities of working remotely. Moreover, Google and many other tech companies that initially opened up offices in remote locations of the world later realized that it is economically efficient to have people operate out of regional HQs rather than remote locations. Another shift — the one to open-door policy and open workspaces encouraged people to sit around each other in offices, a behaviour that was expected to drive productivity.

Few things have changed since then:

All of the above factors are contributing to a society where more people would live off cities that objectively suit their needs, as technology would allow work and personal connections to remain intact.

I envision a scenario where people are not anymore born into nationalities or believing that they are obliged to stay in a country, but choose countries as a nationality-as-a-service, as barriers to entry ease up and cultures intertwine.

Working remotely has yet to become a thing, but it will

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