Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

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Autonomous Agents and Things

Machine learning gives rise to a spectrum of smart machine implementations — including robots, autonomous vehicles, virtual personal assistants (VPAs) and smart advisors — that act in an autonomous (or at least semiautonomous) manner. While advances in physical smart machines such as robots get a great deal of attention, the software-based smart machines have a more near-term and broader impact. VPAs such as Google Now, Microsoft's Cortana and Apple's Siri are becoming smarter and are precursors to autonomous agents. The emerging notion of assistance feeds into the ambient user experience in which an autonomous agent becomes the main user interface. Instead of interacting with menus, forms and buttons on a smartphone, the user speaks to an app, which is really an intelligent agent.

"Over the next five years we will evolve to a post-app world with intelligent agents delivering dynamic and contextual actions and interfaces," said Mr. Cearley. "IT leaders should explore how they can use autonomous things and agents to augment human activity and free people for work that only people can do. However, they must recognize that smart agents and things are a long-term phenomenon that will continually evolve and expand their uses for the next 20 years."

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Technology is constantly evolving and maturing. It moves from a nascent, undefined entity to one that is widely accepted and becomes so commonplace that we wonder how we ever functioned without it. Mobile and cloud are two prominent examples of such a journey. From businesses to individual consumers, everyone is connected to everyone, everywhere, all the time.

Newer technologies such as smart devices, IoT, software-defined everything and 3D printing are also making headway in their mainstream adoption. So much so that recently, two students from a British Columbia school used a classroom 3D printer to create a mini wheelchair for a formerly feral kitten who lost it legs shortly after birth. The possibilities for where these technologies will take us and how they can impact our lives are endless.

Gartner recently released its list of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016. Gartner defines these trends as those with the potential for having a significant impact on the organization. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to the business, end users or IT; the need for a major investment; or the risk of being late to adopt.

"Gartner's top 10 strategic technology trends will shape digital business opportunities through 2020," said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow.

Here are the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016.

 

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