Artificial intelligence identified as digital megatrend

According to Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017, artificial intelligence is the main trend that will enable businesses to survive and thrive in the digital economy over the next five to 10 years.

The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 report provides a cross-industry perspective on the technologies and trends that businesses should consider in developing emerging-technology portfolios. This Hype Cycle specifically focuses on the set of technologies that is showing promise in delivering a high degree of competitive advantage over the next five to 10 years.

According to the latest report, artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere, transparently immersive experiences and digital platforms are the trends that will provide unrivalled intelligence, create profoundly new experiences and offer platforms that allow organisations to connect with new business ecosystems.

The report states that artificial intelligence technologies will be ‘the most disruptive class of technologies over the next 10 years’ due to ‘radical computational power, near-endless amounts of data, and unprecedented advances in deep neural networks’.

Mike Walker, research director, said: “Enterprise architects who are focused on technology innovation must evaluate these high-level trends and the featured technologies, as well as the potential impact on their businesses. In addition to the potential impact on businesses, these trends provide a significant opportunity for enterprise architecture leaders to help senior business and IT leaders respond to digital business opportunities and threats by creating signature-ready actionable and diagnostic deliverables that guide investment decisions.”

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