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Megatrends: AI, Augmented/Virtual Reality, and Digital Platform Technologies to Drive Digital Economy

By Dick Weisinger

Which of the many technologies that we see in headlines daily are likely to have the biggest impact on our business and our lives over the next five years?  Gartner says that there are three technologies or “megatrends” that are poised to have a dramatic impact on businesses and will shape the direction of the digital economy over the next five to ten years.

Those technologies are:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere
  • Transparently immersive experiences, and
  • Digital platforms

Mike J. Walker, research director at Gartner, said that “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 the digital business opportunities and threats by creating signature-ready actionable and diagnostic deliverables that guide investment decisions.  When we view these themes together, we can see how the human-centric enabling technologies within transparently immersive experiences — such as smart workspace, connected home, augmented reality, virtual reality and the growing brain-computer interface — are becoming the edge technologies that are pulling the other trends along the Hype Cycle.”

 

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