‘Smart Machines’ Top the Hype Cycle, Gartner Says

(Andrey VP/Shutterstock) Every summer, technologists turn to Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, which has become a barometer of sorts for gauging the state of various hardware and software innovations that are expected to impact business and society over the next decade. This year, Gartner analysts have their eye on all manner of artificial intelligence technologies, including “smart machines” that can learn by themselves. After relieving “big data” from its hype-cycle duties last year–ostensibly due to the all-encompassing pervasiveness of data in this pervasively digital age–Gartner analysts this year are talking up a swath of related “smart machine” technologies. Smart machine technologies listed in the Hype Cycle include: Smart Workspaces (new) Smart Data Discovery (new) Conversational User Interfaces (new) Commercial UAVs (drones) Cognitive Expert Advisers (replaces Smart Advisors) Smart Robots…


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