Five things to know about the digital disruption

A research report by Gartner outlines the technologies that will transform businesses operations
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A research report by Gartner outlines the technologies that will transform businesses operations
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Quantum Computing: Quantum computing, which is based on the quantum state of sub-atomic particles, has the potential to process complex problems that take months or even years using traditional methods. Using QC, computers could theoretically work on millions of computations at once, meaning that for many CIOs and CEOs the technology will be crucial.
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Real-time translation: Technologies such as translation earbuds and real-time translation services have the potential to dramatically alter communications, breaking break down barriers and, possibly, eliminating translators entirely. Gartner recommends that companies begin equipping employees with the skills needed for their eventual implementation.
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Nanotech: Nanotechnology can create solutions that involve individual atoms and molecules, paving the way for unprecedented new products that can be printed using organic or self-healing material. The technology is expected to have widespread impact in electronics, security and even manufacturing or medicine, such as printing human tissue.
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Smartphone Disintermediation: The use of technologies such as virtual personal-assistants, smartwatches and various other wearables may mean that smartphones will be less visible on the world's streets. CIOs and IT specialists should think about wearable technology that improves safety levels, worker effectiveness and customer experiences.
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Human-machine Interfaces: While human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are primarily used to help those with disabilities, in the future the technology may be able to give non-disabled employees “superabilities”, making them more efficient and able to provide customers with innovative, multimodal experiences.