The Top Ten strategic technology trends in the near future, have to do with building the smart digital mesh and how artificial intelligence is driving everything we do on many systems in the future. It is the digital world that unites the virtual world in the real world in a new digital reality. It is about connections that are the mesh that connects people, processes and that connect things in the new world. It will be an interesting way to bring all of this together and use it to support a continuous process of innovation of autonomous things. Below are the Top Ten Technology Trends suggested by Gartner.
No1. Autonomous things are about using AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology to drive new capabilities in hardware and software systems. Autonomous vehicles in the air thru drones and even at sea with autonomous shipping when we look at this autonomous world things, it’s not just those hardware systems, it’s software, and intelligence behind we’re going to see autonomous things in the digital world with smartest agents working on our behalf.
No2. Augmented analytics is about not replacing people with AI (Artificial Intelligence) systems but augmenting people specifically with augmented analytics it’s around the world of analytics and business intelligence. We are creating citizen data scientists imagine a world using natural language interfaces where a sales manager can say what the biggest issues that are going to impact their sales and whether he is going to achieve his targets next month so that the system then can automatically bring together the right data sets look at lots of different hypotheses around that and come up with insights that you otherwise would not have had AI (Artificial Intelligence) driven development.
No.3 AI (Artificial Intelligence) in the context of the development process it’s about making it easier to create AI (Artificial Intelligence) enabled systems will eventually see AI driven automated code generation we are starting to see automated testing too.
No4. Is digital twin (a digital twin is a virtual model of a process, product or service. This pairing of the virtual and physical worlds allows analysis of data and monitoring of systems to head off problems before they even occur, prevent downtime, develop new opportunities and even plan for the future by using simulations) is a digital representation of a real-world thing that are connected together. We can have digital twins of people processes and things have the equipment manufacturers Airlines and others are using this concept of the digital twin to monitor real-world assets and drive significant savings in maintenance and repair and operations areas and over time we’re going to link the digital twins of various processes of people in things together to support smart cities Similar initiatives empowered edge.
No5. Empowered edge is all about how we’re driving greater capabilities into those edge devices there’s three key things that we’re looking at here number one is cloud to the edge looking at how cloud computing is not competing with the edge but we’re using cloud architectures to deliver capabilities and manage capabilities out to the edge it’s also about actually empowering those edge devices with AI chips greater compute capabilities more storage and finally it’s about communicating to the edge so things like 5g that are going to star tramping up next year and growing over the next five years are going to really drive edge computing our
No6. On the list is Immersive Technology (Immersive technology refers to technology that attempts to emulate a physical world through the means of a digital or simulated world by creating a surrounding sensory feeling, thereby creating a sense of immersion) experience is all about how humans interact with the digital world how we recognize the digital world is changing and this is the world of augmented and virtual and mixed reality something like remote assistance we see companies using this to say have an expert engineer work with somebody in remote factory to get a piece of equipment back online saving millions of dollars of the production line is not down but it’s also about how we interact with the digital world and this is where we see various conversational platforms through smart speakers and chat BOTS and things like that creating customer service agents etc block chain.
No7. Block Chain is a ledger but it’s a shared ledger a distributed ledger an immutable ledger with an algorithmic based trust model to validate the transactions that are going in the ledger the key value proposition around block chain is reducing business friction and technology friction as this ledger is independent of individual applications and potentially operating across companies smart spaces is the
No8. A smart spaces is about creating environments and bring a number of technologies and trends together in an integrated fashion to support targeted persona or user category or a specific industry scenario examples of smart spaces include advanced digital workplaces connected factories are smart cities as we go forward it’s not about looking at a smart city with a bunch of individual applications or components but it’s integrating it together to create a digital twin of that city the
No9. Privacy and Ethics just because we can do something with artificial intelligence should we and we’ve seen major privacy challenges one example is a fitness tracking company that had a cool idea to track where their users were unfortunately some of those fitness trackers were used by military people so suddenly information about the location of these soldiers was published on the Internet just because we can gather all this information about people
No10. Quantum computing let me tell you how to think about quantum computing imagine you had a giant library with millions and millions of books a classic computer would read all those books in a linear fashion but really fast with quantum computing it’s like reading all the books at the same time quantum computing has a potential to solve problems in chemistry material science and other areas that are impossible to solve today these are the trends that you can’t afford to ignore these are the trends that are going to power your continuous next process these are the trends that are going to underlay your creation of the intelligent digital mesh these are the trends that are going to create business value and your differentiation of the future you