Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2016

Published: 19 July 2016

ID: G00299893

Analyst(s): Mike Walker, Betsy Burton, Michele Cantara


Our 2016 Hype Cycle reveals three distinct technology trends that profoundly create new experiences, with unrivaled intelligence, and offer platforms that propel organizations to connect with new business ecosystems in order to become competitive over the next five to 10 years.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
    • Emerging Technology Trends
    • Major Hype Cycle Changes
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Smart Dust
    • 4D Printing
    • General-Purpose Machine Intelligence
    • 802.11ax
    • Context Brokering
    • Neuromorphic Hardware
    • Data Broker PaaS (dbrPaaS)
    • Quantum Computing
    • Human Augmentation
    • Personal Analytics
    • Smart Workspace
    • Volumetric Displays
    • Conversational User Interfaces
    • Brain-Computer Interface
    • Virtual Personal Assistants
    • Smart Data Discovery
    • Affective Computing
    • Commercial UAVs (Drones)
    • IoT Platform
  • At the Peak
    • Gesture Control Devices
    • Micro Data Centers
    • Smart Robots
    • Blockchain
    • Connected Home
    • Cognitive Expert Advisors
    • Machine Learning
    • Software-Defined Security
    • Autonomous Vehicles
    • Nanotube Electronics
    • Software-Defined Anything (SDx)
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Natural-Language Question Answering
    • Enterprise Taxonomy and Ontology Management
    • Augmented Reality
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Virtual Reality
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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