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Five Tech Trends That will Blur the Lines Between Humans and Machines by Gartner

Gartner has revealed five emerging technology trends that will “blur the lines between humans and machines.” “Business and technology leaders will continue to face rapidly accelerating technology innovation that will profoundly impact the way they engage with their workforce, collaborate with their partners, and create products and services for their customers,” said Mike J. Walker, research vice president at Gartner. “CIOs and technology leaders should always be scanning the market along with assessing and piloting emerging technologies to identify new business opportunities with high impact potential and strategic relevance for their business.”

Gartner’s latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies forecast (paywall) identified 35 different tech trends that could shape the technology landscape over the next five to 10 years.

Five Emerging Technology Trends

Democratized AI is basically to make AI available for everyone that will be driven by trends such as cloud computing, the “maker” community, and open source. Democratized AI will be enabled by technologies such as AI Platform as a Service (PaaS), artificial general intelligence, autonomous driving (levels 4 and 5), autonomous mobile robots, conversational AI platforms, deep neural nets, flying autonomous vehicles, smart robots, and virtual assistants.

“Technologies representing democratized AI populate three out of five sections on the Hype Cycle, and some of them, such as deep neural nets and virtual assistants, will reach mainstream adoption in the next two to five years,” said Mr. Walker. “Other emerging technologies of that category, such as smart robots or AI PaaS, are also moving rapidly through the Hype Cycle approaching the peak and will soon have crossed it.”

Digitalized Ecosystems will be about shifting the entire technical infrastructure to digital ecosystem. That will lay the foundation to provide the volume of data needed, advanced compute power and ubiquity-enabling ecosystems.

“Digitalized ecosystem technologies are making their way to the Hype Cycle fast,” said Walker. “Blockchain and IoT platforms have crossed the peak by now, and we believe that they will reach maturity in the next five to 10 years, with digital twins and knowledge graphs on their heels.”

Do-It-Yourself Biohacking is one of the findings in which Gartner predicts that within the next decade, humanity will begin its “transhuman” era: Biology can then be hacked, depending on lifestyle, interests and health needs.

Biohacking falls into four different categories: technology augmentation, nutrigenomics, experimental biology and grinder biohacking. However, questions remain about how far society is prepared to accept these kinds of applications and what ethical issues they create reveals Gartner.This trend is enabled by the following technologies: Biochips Biotech Cultured or Artificial Tissue,Brain computer Interface, Augmented Reality,  Mixed Reality and Smart Fabrics.

Transparently Immersive Experiences will be enabled by Technology which will be more human-centric to the point where it will introduce transparency between people, businesses and things

This will in turn blur the line between people, businesses, and things by enabling smarter living and work spaces. “Emerging technologies representing transparently immersive experiences are mostly on their way to the peak or — in the case of silicon anode batteries — just crossed it,” said Mr. Walker.

Ubiquitous Infrastructure is now possible due to mass popularity of cloud computing .Technologies that support ubiquitous infrastructure, such as 5G and deep neural network ASICs are expected to reach a peak in the next two to five years.


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