Machine learning, and the way ahead
Gartner defines itself as the "world's leading research and advisory company", which "helps business leaders". Gartner places emerging technologies in what they call a hype cycle, which tracks the visibility of the technology over time. The emergence or technology trigger is followed by a sharp rise of visibility, resulting in what is called the peak of inflated expectations, which in turn is almost invariably followed by a trough of disillusionment. The slope of enlightenment follows next, where the excessive initial optimism is tempered by the follow-on pessimism, gradually resulting in a pragmatic understanding of what is possible and what is not with the technology, thus leading to the plateau of productivity.