Brian Hopkins, VP of Emerging Tech Portfolio and Michele Goetz, VP, Principal Analyst


While generative AI has garnered much of the attention this year, CIOs and CTOs must continue to evaluate other emerging technologies. In this episode, VP of Emerging Tech Portfolio Brian Hopkins and VP and Principal Analyst Michele Goetz take a deep dive into this year’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies report.

The episode starts with Hopkins describing how the top 10 emerging technologies are selected and organized in the new report. He says the report is really meant to answer the key question that clients have when it comes to emerging tech: Is this technology ready for me? To that end, the top 10 emerging technologies are organized by benefit horizons of short-, mid-, and, long-term.

From there the conversation focuses on the technologies that are in the short-term benefit horizon group. Not surprisingly, generative AI is in this bucket not only because of the impact it’s having on its own, but also because of its influence on other technologies, including the two others in this category: autonomous workplace assistants and conversational AI. Hopkins and Goetz point out some of the risks that come with these three technologies that have been evolving faster than some organizations can manage.

Next, the analysts discuss the four technologies in the medium-term benefit horizon bucket: decentralized digital identity, edge intelligence, explainable AI, and TuringBots. Hopkins and Goetz outline the benefits that each of these technologies brings as well as some of the limitations that keep them from being in the short-term benefit horizon group.

The discussion then pivots to the three technologies in the long-term benefits horizon bucket that will take five or more years to deliver value: extended reality, Web3, and Zero Trust edge. Hopkins emphasizes that these technologies have strong business potential but need some time to mature, outlining some of the specific issues each tech needs to get through before broad adoption will happen.

The episode wraps up with the analysts explaining why certain technologies (IoT, low-code, cloud-native computing, metaverse, and quantum computing) didn’t make the top 10 list this year, so be sure to stick around for that discussion.

If you’re interested in learning more about these emerging technologies and others, be sure to check out our upcoming Technology & Innovation forums in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, where many of these technologies will be covered in a dedicated emerging tech track.