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The Top 25 Tech Sectors To Keep An Eye On – Including The Metaverse, Web3 and AI

Gartner’s latest report reveals the key emerging technologies in its Hype Cycle 2022

Industry analyst Gartner has identified 25 key emerging technologies to watch as part of its latest report, Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2022.

The report identifies key insights from over 2,000 technologies and applied frameworks that Gartner profiles each year into a succinct set of trends. These technologies and trends have the potential to deliver a high degree of competitive advantage over the next two to 10 years.

As Gartner says, ‘These companies are enabling the evolution and expansion of immersive experiences, optimising technologist delivery and accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) automation’.

The report specifies three main trends within emerging technology:

1) Evolving and Expanding Immersive Experiences: The metaverse, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), super apps and Web3, decentralized identity, digital humans, digital twin of the customer and internal talent marketplaces.

2) Accelerated AI Automation: Autonomic systems, causal AI, foundation models, generative design AI and machine learning code generation.

3) Optimized Technologist Delivery: Augmented FinOps, cloud data ecosystems, cloud sustainability, computational storage, cybersecurity mesh architecture, data observability, dynamic risk governance, and industry cloud platforms amongst others.

Top 25 key emerging technologies

With the tech arranged along a graph of the hype cycle, we note that the metaverse and digital humans – the two entries that are of most interest to us here at – are both listed as not reaching their plateaus for more than 10 years.

Source: Gartner (August 2022)

The 25 key emerging technologies as identified by Gartner in the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2022 are (in alphabetical order):

  1. Augmented FinOps
  2. Autonomic systems
  3. Causal AI
  4. Cloud data ecosystems
  5. Cloud sustainability
  6. Computational storage
  7. Cybersecurity mesh architecture
  8. Data observability
  9. Decentralised identity
  10. Digital humans
  11. Digital twin of a customer
  12. Dynamic risk governance
  13. Foundation models
  14. Generative design AI
  15. Industry cloud platforms
  16. Internal talent marketplaces.
  17. Machine learning code generation
  18. Metaverse
  19. Minimum viable architecture
  20. NFT
  21. Observability driven development
  22. OpenTelemetry
  23. Platform engineering
  24. Superapps
  25. Web3

Greater risk with greater benefits

Gary Olliffe, VP analyst at Gartner commented, “All technologies on this Hype Cycle are at an early stage, but some are nascent and great uncertainty exists about how they will evolve. Such technologies present greater risks for deployment, but potentially greater benefits for early adopters who can assess and exploit them in line with their organisation’s ability to handle unproven technologies.”

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Lead image by Rob Martin on Unsplash.

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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