Predicting the future of technology is never easy. Gartner gazed into its crystal ball recently to give us 10 strategic predictions for 2016 and beyond. If the research firm is right, CIOs and IT professionals need to start preparing as soon as possible for the major changes coming to IT -- and to our lives in general.
Daryl Plummer, Gartner managing vice president and fellow, presented his organization's view of the technology future during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando last week. Some of the predictions won't be news to you, some will stun you, and others you'll find downright creepy.
Some of them may need to be taken with a grain of salt. "This is so you can understand the things that are going to happen to you," said Pummer, before launching into the predictions. "Some of this will seem hard to believe, but that is the point. The future is hard to predict. Who would have thought we would have had so many smartphones if we did this in the 90s? We're trying to predict the things that are hard to predict."
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Still, Plummer paints a pretty convincing picture of a near-term future full of robots, smart machines, machine learning, and changing mobile habits. In addition to giving you Gartner's 10 predictions, we offer advice for CIOs and IT professionals on how to cope with them. Once you've reviewed these, tell us in the comments which predictions you think will actually come to pass, and which ones you think are plain crazy.