Blockchain hype

The hype around artificial intelligence is at its peak, while those interested in blockchain might be heading for disillusionment. Apple and Google to the latest London blockchain hype. In particular fintech, blockchain, artificial intelligence, driverless cars, virtual reality and the sharing economy get me out of bed in the morning.

I’m always trying to illustrate stories with pictures of dogs. I was named technology journalist of the year at the UK Tech Awards 2016. That’s according to Gartner’s annual Hype Cycle, which tracks the progress of emerging technology trends, from early innovation to becoming a household must-have. Deep learning and machine learning are at what it calls the “peak of inflated expectation”, but are just two to five years away from mainstream adoption. Cognitive computing is also at peak hype, but up to 10 years away, while general artificial intelligence remains more than a decade away and is still at the stage of early innovation. Mainstream blockchain technology, which is being tested everywhere from finance to food chains, remains between five and 10 years away. Gartner calls the “trough of disillusionment”, where interest begins to wain and implementations and experiments fail to deliver.

5G technology, the next generation of mobile connectivity after 4G, makes an appearance on the hype cycle for the first time, pinpointed at the early innovation stage. Augmented reality meanwhile is lagging behind, with analysts predicting it remains at least five years away. However, that could come sooner than analysts thinks. The technology’s implications for interoperability, privacy, claims processing and more are intriguing. But many challenges must be addressed before wider applications become possible.

Blockchain’s potential use cases for healthcare: hype or reality? We have compiled the top 5 most viewed videos from HIMSS17 TV below. At HIMSS17 on Wednesday, IEEE Computer Society and the Personal Connected Health Alliance hosted a day-long event focused on the potentially transformative promise of an intriguing innovation: Blockchain. The current infrastructure is really inadequate to handle information exchange,” she said. Blockchain has the opportunity to impact those infrastructure challenges. And she’s hardly the only one.

Blockchain is just about at the “peak of inflated expectations” on the most recent edition of the Gartner Hype Cycle. Nonetheless, “there’s a lot of movement there,” she said, pointing to two recent studies from IBM and Deloitte. The first showed that 16 percent of payer and provider executives expect to have a commercial blockchain application at scale in 2017. The other found that healthcare and life sciences plan the most aggressive deployments of blockchain across all industries, with 35 percent of respondents saying their company plans to deploy it within the next year. It could “impact almost every healthcare transaction” and “has a global ability to change the way we think. She offered several potential use cases for blockchain in healthcare. For one thing, under the current system, there are “20 different ways you can enter date-of-birth.