Long before the coronavirus started wreaking havoc on nearly every aspect of daily life, including working from home—or telecommuting—remote work was already having a moment.
When Telecommuting Began
Key innovations took place before remote work as we know it became common. The modern (much smaller) computer became more widely available to the public in the 1960s. In 1969, Allan Kiron, a Polish-born staff scientist at the US Patent Office wrote in the Washington Post that the combination of computers and communication tools could potentially change the way of work and life forever. He coined the term “dominetics” to