I work from cafes. I work from the kitchen table. I work from coworking spaces. I work from grassy parks. I work from the beach. I work from the pub. I work from anywhere I feel comfortable.
I like this flexibility and wish others could experience it too. But not everyone can, at least right now. Maybe, in the future, we’ll have medical robots that can be controlled by surgeons at home in their pajamas.
I think that would be nice: The surgeon waking up relaxed, drinking her morning coffee, then getting to work with a smile on her face, spirits high from avoiding rush hour and the fluorescent lights vibrating off the hospital’s linoleum floor.
There will eventually be robots that can be steadier than the hand of the best surgeon, account for error (do what the surgeon wanted to do instead of almost did), and save lives.
I think, eventually, a surgeon will be able to work remotely.
Or is working remotely over-rated? Will the Internet ever be secure enough to allow such life-and-death data bits to travel from the surgeon’s home to the hospital? Do surgeons like their fingers on the flesh and perform the same or better than an intermediary robot ever could?
I don’t know. I just know that there’s a big world and many of us only see a sliver. And maybe that’s ok. Maybe we think we are under-traveled when we are actually doing just dandy.
This isn’t about surgeons being able to have the same amount of flexibility as remote employees at, stay, tech startups. It’s about determining what enriches people’s lives and trying to give them that as a gainfully employed human being.