Get to know ‘non-fungible tokens,’ NFT for short

A phrase you’ll probably be hearing or reading about quite a bit in the coming weeks and months is ‘non-fungible tokens.’ I’d not come across it until I read a Reuters report about a guy who sold a 10-second video artwork by the digital artist known as Beeple for $6.6 million at a Christies auction in Florida last month. He’d bought it last October for just $67 thousand. Nice ROI! While this in itself is an interesting tale, what makes…

Emerging tech:
Your bookmark for 2019

“We know from human history that developments in technologies over the centuries, ranging from the Industrial Revolution through to the invention of the automobile, then airplanes and so forth, the landscape of progress is littered with human casualties. People die because of these things being tested.” A provocative statement, the first thing you hear in episode 1 in the third season of the Digital Download podcast that I did with host Paul Sutton last month in which we discussed emerging…

Spectacular opportunities coming in the digital economy says Gartner

  The latest emerging technologies report from Gartner, announced last week, contains a wealth of analysis and prediction about what technologies will be the drivers of the digital economy during the coming decade. While many of the technologies cited by Gartner will already be familiar – they include artificial intelligence, the connected home, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, augmented reality and virtual reality – the focus is very much on the relationships and inter-connectedness between individual and related technologies, and…

Foundations for evolving relationships between people and machines

IT Industry analysts Gartner announced its 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies on August 19, with an assessment of the tech landscape that visualises its market analysis, concentrating on the evolving relationship between humans and machines. In explaining that relationship focus, Gartner’s Jackie Fenn – originator of the hype cycle model – said in the press announcement that she wanted to “encourage enterprises to look beyond the narrow perspective that only sees a future in which machines and computers replace…

The hype cycle and tipping-point technologies

In studying the latest hype cycle for emerging technologies chart, published last week by IT industry analysts Gartner, there’s much to absorb as you review what Gartner sees as the common patterns of overenthusiasm, disillusionment and eventual realism that accompanies each new technology and innovation. For its 2012 report on emerging technologies, Gartner says it focused on tipping points, examining the technologies in sets or groupings because so many new capabilities and trends involve multiple technologies working together. Often, says…

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