The Gartner Hype Cycle is always a great source for up and coming technologies, technologies on the downswing, and those that are ramping up to become mainstream. The latest 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies does just that.

In Gartner’s post “Gartner’s 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Identifies ‘Tipping Point’ Technologies That Will Unlock Long-Awaited Technology Scenarios,” Gartner analysts provide some high level insights into what I will call buckets of opportunity.  The buckets include:

So what is all hype, and what is likely to become reality? In order for these buckets to tip (become reality), spilling all of their opportunities on the market, there must be tipping points – technology dependencies that each one of these buckets have in order for them to become real. Gartner believe the tipping points in each one of these buckets are:

So if all these buckets tip…what we end up with is…

A world where cloud computing means a faster, more economical and multimedia rich internet,  where, to our concern, more data about us is created and analyzed than ever before, our voices enable mobile devices speak to each other in the universal language of zeros and ones and our purchase power is wielded using simply a smartphone. And regardless of how cool printing stuff gets, we will still prefer to see it on screen..

Sounds pretty good to me because words like faster, multimedia, rich, analyze, data, etc. all point to more storage.

What do you hope tips first?

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