Cognisant computing will have an immense impact across a range of industries

‘By 2017 smartphones will manage some tasks better than we can’

Cognisant computing will become one of the strongest forces in consumer-focused tech, according to Gartner.

The firm’s special report reveals that cognisant computing will have an ‘immense’ impact across a range of industries including mobile devices, mobile apps, wearables, networking, services and cloud providers.

"Cognisant computing is already beginning to take shape via many mobile apps, smartphones and wearable devices that collect and sync information about users, their whereabouts and their social graph," said Jessica Ekholm, research director at Gartner.

"Over the next two to five years, the Internet of Things and big data will converge with analytics. Hence, more data will make systems smarter."

As a result, Ekholm said that by 2017, smartphones are expected to manage some tasks for us — probably better than we can do them ourselves. More-onerous administration tasks, such as booking a car in for service, changing a hotel booking, or sending information to a doctor about refilling repeat prescriptions, are a few examples. Once this point has arrived, apps and services that are hosted in the personal cloud will interact with smartphones and other devices and the intricate app ecosystems they have created.

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