Gartner Hype Cycle: The 5 Tech Trends That Will Blur The Lines Between Humans and Machines

by bold-lichterman

In 10 years, artificial intelligence will be everywhere, and no longer just in the hands of professionals, according to Gartner. The democratization of AI is indeed one of the five main technological predictions identified by the research and consulting company in the 2018 edition of its famous “curve”. Hype cycle “. This curve shows emerging technologies and identifies their position on the hype cycle.

Carried out from the analysis of 2,000 technologies then divided into 35 emerging fields, this year the report identifies in particular five technological trends that will blur the boundaries between humans and machines.

Gartner Hype Cycle The 5 Tech Trends That Will Blur
Credit: Gartner (August 2018)

AI, propelled into everyone’s hands

Regarding artificial intelligence, “AI technologies will be practically everywhere over the next 10 years ”, Gartner predicts. ” These technologies, which allow ‘early adopters’ to adapt to new situations and solve new problems, will be made available to the democratized masses. Trends like cloud computing, the maker community and open source will propel AI into everyone’s hands“.

A future that will be made possible by the following technologies:AI Platform-as a-Service (PaaS), Artificial General Intelligence, autonomous driving, autonomous mobile robots, conversational platforms based on AI, deep neural networks, flying autonomous vehicles, intelligent robots and virtual assistants.

New opportunities linked to digital ecosystems

Among the four other main trends that will blur the lines between humans and machines, Gartner also identified “digital ecosystem technologies rapidly making their way to the Hype CycleSays Mike J. Walker, vice president of research. “Blockchain and IoT-type platforms have now reached their peak and we believe they will mature in the next five to ten years.“.

The report thus predicts that the transition from a technical model of compartmentalized infrastructure to an ecosystem of platforms lays the foundations for the emergence of new business models which will constitute “a bridge between man and technology“.

The “do-it-yourself biohacking”

Over the next decade, humanity will begin its ‘transhuman’ era: biology can then be hacked according to lifestyle, interests and health needs. », Explains Gartner. The company will then be led to wonder about the applications it is ready to accept and to think about the ethical issues.

For the firm, this trend concerns four sectors of activity: augmentation technologies, nutrigenomics, experimental biology and “biohacking grinder”, a movement whose members wish to improve their physical capacities thanks to “homemade” cybernetic implants. .

Transparent and immersive experiences for a smarter life

The study also cites the category of transparent and immersive experiences. ” Technology will continue to become more human-centric, to the point of fostering transparency between people, businesses and things“. For Gartner, this will notably enable people to work and live smarter. This evolution will be possible thanks to the following technologies: 4D printing, the connected home, Edge AI, self-healing technology, silicon-based anode batteries, smart dust (Smart dust), the Smart Workplace and volumetric screens.

Ubiquitous infrastructure

Fifth and latest trend, ubiquitous infrastructure. As Gartner explains, “technologies supporting ubiquitous infrastructure are on their way to the top and advancing rapidly in the Hype Cycle. 5G Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and Deep Neural Network, in particular, are expected to hit plateau in the next two to five years“.