Mike MartinGuest author: Mike Martin

At its annual conference this week, Gartner imagined a future where many business tasks are extensively automated. Some of their predictions included:

  • Remote monitoring replacing doctor visits
  • Agricultural sensors will improve efficiencies and crop yields
  • Mining, construction and transportation systems will switch to driverless methods and remove significant labor costs
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Overall, Gartner sees an explosion of sensors and robotic technologies that eliminate some labor and automate many routine tasks in business. As a result, new vendors for these technologies will emerge quickly, possibly leaving older companies behind who aren’t able to adapt quickly to the changing landscape. Gartner suggested the creation of a new executive position, the Chief Digital Officer, to help organizations transition into this new future.

All of these predictions seem very Jetson-esque, especially for the near future. Do you think this vision of sensors and robots is just hype, or could this become reality in a few years?

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