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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020: Autonomous Things

Published: 10 March 2020

ID: G00450639

Analyst(s): Brian Burke, David Cearley, Bill Ray, Jonathan Davenport, Gaurav Gupta, C. Klappich


Comparable technical capabilities of autonomous robots, drones and vehicles are developing rapidly. Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders must evaluate their potential use, particularly in controlled environments, to gain advantages including enhanced safety and productivity.

Table Of Contents


  • Why Autonomous Things Is a Top 10 Trend
    • Where Autonomous Things Fits in the Top 10
  • Autonomous Things Exploit AI to Automate Human Tasks
    • Common Technology Capabilities
    • Combining Autonomous Capabilities With Human Control
    • Autonomous, Intelligent, Adaptive and Collaborative
  • Actions
  • Appendix: The Other Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2020

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