What are the key themes when it comes to emerging technology trends? According to the 2022 Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, they include immersive experiences, accelerated AI automation, and optimised technologist delivery.
The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies features 25 “must-know” innovations to drive competitive differentiation and efficiency, said the advisory firm, adding that these technologies and trends have potential to deliver a high degree of competitive advantage over the next two to ten years.
Emerging technology trends: Three themes
According to the firm, the three key themes of emerging technology trends are as follows.
Evolving and Expanding Immersive Experiences. The future of digital experience is immersive.
A collection of emerging technologies supports such experiences through dynamic virtual representations, environments and ecosystems of customers and people, as well as new modes of user engagement.
With these technologies, individuals can control their own identities and data and experience virtual ecosystems that can be integrated with digital currencies. These technologies help reach customers in new ways to strengthen or open new revenue streams.
The technologies to watch that deliver evolving and expanding immersive experiences are metaverse, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), super apps and Web3, decentralised identity, digital humans, digital twin of the customer and internal talent marketplaces.
Accelerated AI automation. AI adoption is expanding as an integral part of products, services and solutions.
This is accelerating the creation of specialised AI models that can be applied to automate model development, training and deployment.
AI automation refocuses the role of humans in AI development, resulting in more accurate predictions and decisions and faster time to expected benefits.
The technologies that are supporting accelerated AI automation are autonomic systems, causal AI, foundation models, generative design AI and machine learning code generation.
Optimized technologist delivery. Successful digital businesses are built, not bought.
A set of emerging technologies focuses on the product, service and solution builder communities, such as fusion teams, and the platforms they use.
These technologies provide feedback and insight that optimise and accelerate product, service and solution delivery and increase sustainability of business operations.
The critical technologies that are optimising technologist delivery are augmented FinOps, cloud data ecosystems, cloud sustainability, computational storage, cybersecurity mesh architecture, data observability, dynamic risk governance, industry cloud platforms, minimum viable architecture, observability driven development, OpenTelemetry and platform engineering.