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Gartner recently released its Top Ten Technology Trends for 2019. While the list includes many of the usual suspects, including blockchain, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing, there were some other notable innovations that are getting less attention. Don’t let them slip off your radar:

1. Autonomous Things: As reported in the Gartner article, artificial intelligence (AI) is ushering in a new wave of smart devices, taking on an increasing number of tasks previously done by humans. This includes self-driving cars, robots, and appliances, to name a few. These AI-powered smart devices will enable more “insightful digital services” for users, but Gartner  recommends focusing on more narrow tasks when implementing the technology.

2. Augmented Analytics: Analytics are becoming automated now as well, delivering more insights faster. According to Gartner, the sheer volume of information today is preventing data scientists from exploring all the possibilities and related hypotheses. Automation helps solve this problem, making more data accessible to more people, including citizen data scientists, and removing the often time-consuming task of big data analytics. In fact, Gartner predicts, “By 2020, more than 40% of data science tasks will be automated.”

3. Digital Twins: The Gartner article states, “A digital twin is a digital representation that mirrors a real-life object, process or system.” While not a new concept, digital twins today can take on massive scale. This enables companies to model entire systems and organizations for constant monitoring to improve operations and performance.

4. Empowered Edge: The Internet of Things (IoT) is pushing more compute power and intelligence out to edge devices. In this category, Gartner includes embedding sensors, storage, and AI capabilities into everything from gadgets like smartphones to industrial devices and automobiles. The result is an intelligent edge that delivers services faster with less latency and at a lower cost.

5. Smart Spaces: Gartner defines a smart space as, “a physical or digital environment in which humans and technology-enabled systems interact in increasingly open, connected, coordinated, and intelligent ecosystems.” Increased efficiency and improved collaboration is key for smart spaces—whether designed for smaller groups or on a larger scale, like an airport or smart city. See how the Rome Airport combined the concept of smart spaces with visual analytics to transform the passenger experience.

Learn more by reading the complete Gartner list.