Analysis of Technological Innovation and its Utilization in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, in the Light of Zedong’s Law of Contradiction in Things
Andafu, Edward Maina
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Despite the devastation caused by the novel COVID-19 pandemic, its outbreak ushered in an era of fortunes in the sectors of global technology, education, health and economy. This paper analyzes the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic to technological innovation and utilization in the context of Zedong’s law of contradiction in things. The law postulates that everything and even phenomenon contains a contradiction, and the struggle between the mutually contradictory aspects in things determine their existence and development. The paper argues that the outbreak of the pandemic triggered the reminiscence and actualization of human’s innate technological and innovational potential that had hitherto been untapped. Had it not been for the outbreak of the pandemic, perhaps such innovations would not have been actualized in this era. In the event of such a phenomenon, it’s devastating effects activate the human’s rational faculty to figure out measures on how to mitigate it and in the event, such endeavour sets into motion a series of activities that culminate in research and emergence of technological innovation. It is recommended that an understanding of the correlation between catastrophic phenomena and emergence of technological innovation would form frontiers of research in education, science and technology.