Gartner predicts the apocalypse

It seems that analysts at Gartner have been channelling the dead spirit of the founder of the Luddite movement, General Ned Ludd, and started seeing technology as bringing about the end of the world.

Gartner claims that there will be some major changes in technology soon, which will reduce the need for workers.  This will bring about social unrest, the analyst firm warned.

Common thinking is that like the industrial revolution, which inspired Ludd’s Luddites, it’s all about jobs. Not Steve Jobs. Jobs.

Daryl Plummer, a Gartner analyst at the research firm’s Symposium ITxpo said the  digital revolution is not following the same path.  It is leading to a decline in the overall number of people required to do a job.

Outfits like Kodak, which once employed 130,000, are competing with  Instagram’s 13. Gartner also sees social unrest movements, similar to Occupy Wall Street, emerging again by 2014.

Tom Seitzberg, director of international IT operations for Genomic Health in San Francisco told Computerworld that he agreed with Big G.

Every society lives from the backbone from a strong middle class.  If you get just a top level, a small amount of very rich people and a very large piece of very poor people, it leads to social unrest.

Gartner predicted that by 2016, the 3D printing of tissues and organs, called bioprinting, will cause a global debate about regulating the technology or banning it.

Bioprinting is just one aspect of 3D, but it illustrates, dramatically, the potential of this technology, Big G said.

Printing products will lead to distribution systems changes and cause changes to software and the way work is done, the report claims

After shuffling his tarot deck, Plummer said that  by 2018, 3D printing will result in the loss of at least $100 billion a year in intellectual property globally. This could be particularly hard on a small business as it is easy to steal an entire business.

By 2017, 80 percent of consumers will give up private information in exchange for some type of benefit and by 2020, enterprises and government will fail to protect 75 percent of sensitive data.

By 2024, machines will play a bigger role in protecting humans with “non-overridable ‘smart systems. Cars are already getting this technology, such as a braking system that can respond faster than a human, he said.

By 2017, 10 percent of computers will be learning and speech recognition will improve, he predicted.  More than five percent of sales from global IT firms will come from wearable computers in 2020.

No mention of jetpacks.