Will this be the year that artificial intelligence (AI) becomes so seamlessly connected in our lives as to trigger action at the speed of thought?

Will you and everyone you know have a “digital twin”? And if so, which twin would you prefer to talk to?

Will a new breed of cyberattack catch us off guard? Experts warn that one blurry-eyed morning, your coffee maker might even turn on you.

Those were some of the extraordinary and unexpected predictions shared by the experts who participated in the five-part Coffee Break with Game-Changers series 2017 Predictions Special.

Host Bonnie D. Graham asked 80 leading experts, academics, and business influencers what they see in their crystal ball for 2017. Each person was given just two minutes to share their predictions for what the next year holds for their industry, business, the world, and technology.

Here’s a sample of what they had to say:

Dematerialization is going to continue. We’ll see hardware that is thinner and lighter. New materials are coming on the market, like stretchable electronics. Imagine what that could do for wearable technologies.

Everything is going to be computing in the future, whether it’s your shoes, clothes, or the temporary tattoo that you wear to monitor your health.

Gray Scott, Futurist, Founder and CEO at SeriousWonder.com, and techno philosopher

In 2017, we’re going to finally see that artificial intelligence components combined with highly sophisticated in-memory platforms are going to meld together. 2017 is going to be the year that brings end-to-end seamless communications and connections of consumers, public, clients, and citizens with business leaders and public officials. This will trigger leaders to take action at the speed of thought. –

Guillermo B. Vazquez, Specialist Leader/Senior Manager, Deloitte LLP

We’re going to see the blending of the digital and physical worlds come together. Virtual reality and augmented reality are going to balloon in 2017. We’re going to see a lot more in digital twins: digital documentation of a physical thing so we can understand it better.

Rick Varner, Senior Executive Partner, Gartner Inc.

Read all: 20 Technology Predictions To Keep Your Eye On In 2017

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