Sounding like something out of “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” Gartner’s “2018 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle” report said the hype over blockchain is on the downside of its curve, heading into the “Trough of Disillusionment.”

But have faith, blockchain advocates, because that trough is followed by the “Slope of Enlightment” and the “Plateau of Productivity.”

Gartner looked at 35 technologies and settled on five it thinks will “blur the lines between humans and machines,” it said in its press release.

Why care about hype? Says Gartner, it “gives you a view of how a technology or application will evolve over time, providing a sound source of insight to manage its deployment within the context of your specific business goals.”

So what are the five big technologies? Artificial intelligence is one. So is digitalized ecosystems Gartner says are “enabled” by blockchain and blockchain for data security.

“Digitalized ecosystem technologies are making their way to the Hype Cycle fast,” said Mike J. Walker, Gartner’s research vice president, in the release. “Blockchain and [internet of things] platforms have crossed the peak by now, and we believe that they will reach maturity in the next five to 10 years, with digital twins and knowledge graphs on their heels.”

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