Drones, blockchain still hype

Gartner has revealed its 2016 hype cycle for emerging technologies.

For those of you unfamiliar with the document, Gartner rates technologies as emerging after an “innovation trigger” before ascending to a “peak of inflated expectations”. From there, technologies often fail to deliver on their promise and tumble into a “trough of disillusionment”. Some scramble up the “slope of enlightenment” to reach a “plateau of productivity” on which the technology turns out to be useful.

Gartner's 2016 emerging tech hype cycle

As the graphic above shows, the analyst firm sees Blockchain as a bubble about to burst, while software-defined anything is about to hit a nasty patch. Quantum computing is a decade away from being a mainstream thing.

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