Robotics are a Key Element in Gartner's Top 10 Futuristic Predictions
17 July 2018

Robotics are a Key Element in Gartner's Top 10 Futuristic Predictions

According to Gartner's annual top-10 list of strategic predictions, robots, robotic systems and automation will have an expanding role.

Robotics, automation play a big role in Gartner's top 10 futuristic predictions.

Chances are robots aren't mowing your yard, teaching your children, or may become your boss. According to Gartner's annual top-10 list of strategic predictions, robots, robotic systems and automation will have an expanding role in our lives.

Here are Gartner's predictions:

1. Writers will be replaced. By 2018, 20 percent of all business content, one in five of the documents you read, will be authored by a machine, Plummer said.

"Robowriters" are already producing budget reports, sports and business reports, and this trend is sneaking in without notice. One advantage for machines: They don't have biases or emotional responses, he said.

2. By 2018, 6 billion connected things will be requesting support. These non-human “things” are nonetheless customers requesting services and data, and other methods of support. Marketing to them (and by extension their human owners) can help build a business.

3. By 2020, autonomous software agents outside of human control will participate in 5 percent of all economic transactions. Smart algorithms are already beginning to perform transactions without our help.

4. By 2018, more than 3 million workers globally will be supervised by a roboboss. The problem with this is that robot bosses don't have human reactions. The reality is that there is work to be done to get human mannerisms right for robots.

5. By 2018, 20 percent of smart buildings will have experienced digital vandalism. As buildings, both commercial and residential, get smarter and more connected, there is greater potential that these buildings can be attacked.

6. By 2018, 50 percent of the fastest-growing companies will have fewer smart employees than instances of smart machines. These machines are easy to replicate and there will be a lot more of them. Smart systems, for example, will be analyzing how a factory is being run, or deciding whether people are completing a task at an appropriate speed.

7. By 2018, digital assistants will recognize individuals by face and voice. Passwords are unworkable and good ones are hard to memorize. Biometrics have been around for a long time, but they are coming on strong now.

8. By 2018, 2 million employees will be required to wear health and fitness tracking devices as a condition of employment. This may seem Orwellian, but certain jobs require people to be fit, such as public safety workers. One benefit is that insurance costs may be lower for those companies with healthy employees.

Many people are already wearing monitoring devices of some type. The use of wearable devices also raises significant issues about whether an employee keeps a job based on fitness level. The employee might  sign a contract agreeing to the monitoring as a condition of the job.

9. By 2020, smart agents will facilitate 40 percent of mobile interactions. This is based on the belief that the world is moving to a post-app era, where assistants such as Apple's Siri act as a type of universal interface.

10: Through 2020, 95 percent of cloud security failures will be the customer's fault. It's you, not the vendor, Gartner said.