Smarter machines, virtual and physical worlds merging and new, safer and more advanced system architectures are key strategic technology trends for 2016, forecasted by the research and advisory company Gartner. Not only will they affect industries next year but they also will ‘shape digital business opportunities through 2020’, said David Cearley, a Gartner fellow and vice president.
The device mesh – including mobile devices; automotive devices and environmental devices; as well as home, wearable and consumer and electronic devices – and ambient user experience – for ‘immersive environments delivering augmented and virtual reality’ – are increasingly relevant for both companies and consumers, and these technologies can open new exploration and commercialisation doors. The information of everything, 3D printing materials and advanced machine learning also top Gartner’s list.
Analysts shared their conclusions at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, USA. This conference is next taking place in Gold Coast, Australia (26–29 October), Tokyo, Japan (28–30 October), Goa, India (2–5 November) and Barcelona, Spain (8–12 November).
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