Gartner—a global research and advisory firm—had their symposium in October, and they discussed their top ten digital tech trends for 2019. These trends, they believe, will have a significant impact on the world over the next five years. Here’s a look at some of the strategic digital tech trends for 2019 and what they mean.
Artificial intelligence has been a trend for years now and can be used to augment human capabilities or automate them. Artificial intelligence will be in the background of different applications to help increase human activity and give more feedback. Augmented analytics uses machine learning for automating data preparation; this will allow and enable organizations to enhance their decisions and actions.
Though this may seem like an obvious trend, it’s also one that’s becoming more and more popular for things other than vehicles. A car that automatically stops for a distracted driver is just the beginning for where scientists and engineers want autonomy technology to go. Autonomous things also use artificial intelligence; it’s a technology in which a process or procedure can be completed without human assistance. In the next five years, Gartner expects there to be a significant developmental influx of autonomous things.
Referring to the blurred line between the physical and digital world, immersive experience includes platforms like augmented, virtual, and mixed reality. Augmented reality can either be a direct or indirect view of a real-world environment, whereas virtual reality is a generated scenario which simulates a realistic experience. This trend has been well on its way for a while, but Gartner thinks that immersive technological experiences will enhance and expand.
Defined as a physical or digital environment where humans and tech-enabled systems interact within spaces. These spaces will be open, connected, intelligent, and coordinated ecosystems. Gartner expects these spaces to grow outside of workplaces and become smart cities, homes, and factories. Cloud adaption will evolve and become better suited to people and companies. This is a good leap into more connection, integration, and intelligence between people and technology.
A debated and complex trend, there are incredibly useful aspects of these technological advancements, but they have also shifted privacy and ethics standards. Since the U.S is such a consumer-driven economy, how much privacy are shoppers willing to sacrifice when they shop online? Gartner believes there will be a focus upon compliance, risk, and values within the next few years.