The Metaverse, Web 3 and Internet 2: the conversation (and hype) continues

Two things happened recently that reminded me of the saying “what goes around, comes around” but in a good way. Both things concern the metaverse, Web 3 and Internet 2. These are terms that everyone is talking about online and offline, yet no one seems to be talking about them from the same page. The most recent reminder came a few days ago in a tweet from Joe Garde in Dublin who noted the state of things back in 2008.…

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Neville Hobson joined FIR host Shel Holtz for the August edition of The Hobson and Holtz Report on the FIR Podcast Network. Topics included… P&G is attempting to trademark common Internet acronyms, including LOL. Texting has become a common tool in political campaigns. Will it find its way into marketing? Gen Zers will outnumber Millennials within a year. There are implications for communicators. Should your company be on IGTV? A look at vanished technologies from Gartner’s 2017 hypecycle of emerging…

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…

Better understanding Gartner’s hype cycles

Over the years, IT industry analysts Gartner have published annual ‘hype cycle‘ reports that assess where specific technologies are going in the coming years. What’s hot and what’s not, in other words. Take the latest one on emerging technologies, for instance. Interesting to see what’s close to or at the Peak of Inflated Expectations at the moment: private cloud computing, augmented reality, media tablets (such as the iPad), wireless power, 3D flat-panel TVs and displays, and activity streams, among others.…

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