Top 10 Strategic Technology Predictions for the year ahead.

Research and Advisory firm, Gartner Group has announced Top 10 Strategic Technology Predictions.

1)Autonomous Things

Five categories of autonomous things have been identified; Robotics, Vehicles, Drones, Appliances & Agents. They all operate with varying degrees of capability, coordination and intelligence across four environments: Sea, land, air & digital. Their automation goes beyond that provided by rigid programming models and they exploit artificial intelligence to deliver advanced behaviours that interact more naturally with their surroundings and with people.

2)Augmented Analytics

Augmented analytics uses machine learning to revolutionise how data analytics content is developed consumed and shared. 2019 will see an increase in automated insights from augmented analytics being adopted across the main business functions — for example HR, finance, sales and marketing departments — to optimize the decisions and actions of all employees within their context, not just those of analysts and data scientists.

3)AI-driven Development

There is a growing need for data science to play an integral part in the professional development community. However, with the limited number of data scientists on the market (as stated earlier), there has been a considerable increase in the number of AI tools available for developers to use when building an application, without involvement of a professional data scientist

4)Digital Twins

The first of the returning trends from last year’s predictions – Digital Twins. The term refers to the digital representation of physical objects, and for more than 30 years, product and process engineering teams have used 3D renderings of computer-aided design (CAD) models, asset models and process simulations to ensure and validate manufacturability.

5)Empowered Edge

This trend has evolved since last year’s entry of “Edge Computing” and moved a step further. Edge computing is the method of optimising cloud computing systems by performing data processing at the edge of the network, near the source of the data.

6)Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR)

Sectors are all projected to skyrocket over the next five years. 2019 will witness an increase in successful AR prototype projects maturing into full production based on proving commercial validity and ROI. Gartner predict that by 2022, 70% of enterprises will be experimenting

7)Blockchain

There couldn’t be a list of emerging technologies without including Blockchain. The technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin & Ethereum is a shared, distributed and decentralized ledger which alleviates many of the complications attributed to sharing data simply and securely.

8)Smart Spaces

A smart space is defined as a physical or digital environment in which humans and technology-enabled systems interact in increasingly open, connected, coordinated and intelligent ecosystems. Advanced digital workplaces, smart homes and connected factories are predicted to provide the environments with an unprecedented level of integration and connectivity amongst devices and systems.

9)Digital Ethics and Privacy

Ethical decision making is crucial in the world of emerging technology and poses the question “Just because we can, should we?” In addition, consumers are growingly concerned with the use of their personal data. 2018 saw multiple high-profile data breaches and also saw one of the most public fallouts with the US Army. Data from exercise tracking app Strava allowed routes shared online by soldiers to be used to pinpoint overseas facilities as it was publicly available. As advances continue so must the appetite to protect security, privacy & ethical decision making.

10)Quantum Computing

Quantum computing (QC) is a type of nonclassical computing based on the quantum theory most familiar in the field of physics. The theory explains the nature & behaviour of energy & matter on an atomic and subatomic level. This relates to quantum computing due to the ability to perform multiple tasks and the enormous processing power.

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