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Hype Cycle for Smart Machines, 2015

Published: 24 July 2015

ID: G00274690

Analyst(s): Tom Austin, Kenneth Brant


Visionary organizations may benefit from smart machines before many technologies reach the Plateau of Productivity. Consult the Hype Cycle to select technology areas for development and to define appropriate objectives, skills and leadership requirements.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Virtual Personal Assistants
    • People-Literate Technology
    • General-Purpose Machine Intelligence
    • Natural Language Generation
    • Cognitive Computing
    • Digital Workplace Graph
    • Neuromorphic Hardware
    • Smart Apps
    • Proactive Search
    • Graph Analysis
    • Smart Robots
    • Deep Learning
    • Commercial UAVs (Drones)
  • At the Peak
    • Natural-Language Processing (NLP)
    • Prescriptive Analytics
    • Enterprise Social Graph
    • Quantified Self
    • Smart Advisors
    • Autonomous Vehicles
    • Predictive Analytics
    • Speech-to-Speech Translation
    • Machine Learning
    • Consumer Smart Appliances
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Natural-Language Question Answering
    • Predictive Coding
    • Virtual Customer Assistants
    • Augmented Reality
    • Social Network Analysis
    • Business Rule Management Systems
    • Knowledge Management Tools
    • Sentiment Analysis
    • Virtual Reality
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Ensemble Learning
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Speech Recognition
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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