I hope you are wrong. I don't want to return to this "normality". Sure, there will be get togethers to celebrate but once the new normal settle, we will quickly remember how bad the commute time can be a waste of ... time. We will remember about those over-crowded transportation system can be stressful. We will remember how much time we lose by hearing stupid stories of some toxic collegue in front of our desk making us wish we could be somewhere else. No, I don't want to return to this work environment.

Regarding the famous "you're on mute": if tech companies can do user tracking, crash our democracy, do face recognition, etc. I think they can do something in the area of audio recognition and fix this damn problem.