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

Patrick Thibodeau | Oct. 7, 2015
Machines will replace more writers, and by 2018, 2 million workers will be required to wear health monitors

Many people are already wearing monitoring devices of some type. "We're all being monitored by something," he said. But the use of such devices also raises significant issues about whether an employee keeps a job based on fitness level. "That sounds like a violation of my rights," he said. It could be that, but the employee might also sign a contract agreeing to the monitoring as a condition of the job, he said.

"The reality is you are encouraged to be healthier – you get the benefit," Plummer said.

9. By 2020, smart agents will facilitate 40% 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% of cloud security failures will be the customer's fault. It's you, not the vendor, Gartner said.


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