Top 10 Technology Trends 2019: From Autonomous Devices to Quantum Computing

According to Gartner market researchers, Intelligent Digital Mesh – the intelligent networking of devices, content and services – will shape the technological world in 2019.

Every autumn, Gartner presents its top ten strategic technology trends for the coming year. The US market research company looks for technologies that will change markets sustainably. Intelligent Digital Mesh – the connection of devices, content and services to an intelligent digital network – is such a trend. Although the topic isn’t new, Gartner predicts that it will gain importance in 2019. “Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the form of Autonomous Devices and Augmented Reality is used together with IoT, Edge Computing and Digital Twins to create highly integrated smart spaces,” explains Gartner Fellow David Cearley. “This combination of multiple trends, leading to new opportunities and further disruption, is a hallmark of Gartner's ten strategic technology trends for 2019.”

Gartner's top ten technology trends for 2019 are:

1. Autonomous devicesRobots, drones and autonomous vehicles use artificial intelligence to improve interaction with their environment and with humans. Gartner expects more and more autonomous devices to network and collaborate – either independently of humans or with human input.

2. Augmented analyticsData science and machine learning will continue to change the way companies analyze processes and data. By 2020, more than 40 percent of data analysis will be automated.

3. Artificial intelligence (AI)A new stage in development is reached when artificial intelligence is applied to the development process itself. By 2022, at least 40 percent of projects will be developed with the assistance of AI.

4. Digital twinsBy 2020, there will be more than 20 billion networked sensors and devices and there will be digital twins for potentially billions of things. One aspect of this development will be that companies will implement digital twins in their organizations.

5. Empowered edgeEdge computing refers to decentralized data processing at the edge of a network – for example, end devices used by humans. Cloud computing and edge computing will evolve as complementary models in which cloud services will also run as a centralized service on on-site distributed servers and upon edge devices themselves.

6. Immersive experienceVirtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) are changing the way people perceive the digital world. This combined shift in models of perception and interaction leads to users immersing themselves in the virtual world in a completely different way.

7. BlockchainGartner considers current blockchain technologies and concepts to be immature. Nevertheless, CIOs and IT managers should already begin evaluating the technology on account of the considerable disruption potential of the blockchain.

8. Smart spacesSmart spaces describe an environment in which people and technology-based systems interact in networked, coordinated and intelligent ecosystems. This trend has been merging with elements such as smart cities, digital workplaces, smart homes and industry 4.0 for some time now. Gartner expects smart spaces to become an integral part of our daily lives soon.

9. Digital ethics and data protectionPeople are increasingly concerned about how their personal information is used by companies in the public and private sectors. Companies that don't proactively address these concerns will have a hard time in the future.

10. Quantum computingUnlike digital computers, quantum computers do not work according to the laws of classical computer science, but on the basis of quantum mechanical states. Quantum computers can find solutions that are too complex for conventional computers or where traditional algorithms would take too long. CIOs and IT managers should start planning for QC, advises Gartner, but they also warn of hype – by 2022, the main thing is to get to know and observe QC. Widespread use is not to be expected until 2023 or 2025.

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