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Brent M. Eastwood
Founder @GovBrain
Jan 2 · 5 min read

GovBrain Predictions: Hot and Cold
Technology Trends for 2017

You’re a venture capitalist, angel investor, private equity analyst, fund
manager or corporate strategy director. You know the best technology
trends based on your gut instincts and experience, but changes in
“what’s hot” and “what’s not” can occur daily. In 2017, you can’t afford
to be on the wrong side of tech trends.

GovBrain’s predictive software has you covered. Still betting on EdTech
and HealthTech? Better watch it. GovBrain says these trends are cold.
Missed the cloud computing and big data revolution? No need to put
money there because we think that train has already left the station. Do
you think that E-commerce and Internet of Things still has tremendous
upside? We agree.

We also believe Autonomous Cars are red hot, but Supercomputing and
Quantum Computing are not.

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GovBrain can help you decide whether to keep riding those tech waves
or let you know when it’s time to get off those waves quickly.

How do we do it? GovBrain’s methodology for investigating technology
trends is simple yet powerful.

To predict a global tech trend when using the GovBrain system, you just
type in the term or sector into our user interface. The automatic trend
meter then takes over. It gives numerical readings on the trend’s
strength in absolute value and reveals its numerical readings on the
trends’ growth velocity over time. The velocity metric is based on the
percent change in the trend meter’s absolute value. We conducted this
trend analysis on a 90-day sample between August 30, 2016 and
November 2, 2016.

The GovBrain system searches nearly 1,000 government, regulatory
and legislative sources along with political, financial and technology
news sites from around the world. If a technology trend is hot, medium,
or cold, we can predict it.

We can also conduct queries on our 3-year-old database in order to
examine how these technology trends affect publicly-traded
corporations. We can give you a bullish or bearish sentiment analysis
on stocks related to these trends. This includes a certain number of
privately-owned companies that are close to an IPO.

We believe GovBrain Technology Trends analysis is quicker, cheaper
and more efficient than Gartner’s “Hype Cycle for Emerging
Technologies.”

So let’s get to the results.

Arti½cial Intelligence and Machine Learning
It was one of the hottest sectors last year and we believe AI and
Machine Learning won’t disappoint in 2017. Chatbots and Robotics will
see the largest growth. Deep Learning and Natural Language
Processing are slowing down in terms of strength and velocity.
Meanwhile, Neural Networks performed poorly compared to other
trends in the sector during the last few months of 2016.

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Automotive
Autonomous Cars, Self-Driving Cars, Driverless Cars, you name it, it’s
all red hot in this sector for 2017.

Biotech
We rated BioTech and BioPharma as a mixed bag for 2017. Immuno-
Oncology, Biomarkers and CRISPR will perform well. We think genome
editing with CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short
Palindromic Repeats) is awesome. But Stem Cells and Bioinformatics
have seen better days, while Pharmacogenomics and T-Cells will
struggle.

Cloud Computing
Uh-oh. We think Cloud Computing is one of the coldest sectors. If you
have made money on this in the past, good for you. But it’s probably not
a good idea to sink money into new opportunities here. The outlook for
SaaS, PaaS and IaaS is weak in 2017. Also, stay away from
Computational Power. Supercomputing and Quantum Computing are
trending downward.

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Consumer and B2B
Consumer Tech and Business to Business Tech will fly high in 2017. E-
commerce, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality and Internet of Things will have
strong growth this year. Connected Home and Augmented Reality will
slow down.

Cyber Security
Anything related to cyber security will still be scorching hot in 2017,
although Adaptive Security is touch and go.

Data
The outlook for Data Science is weak. Now is the time to exit this space
or take bets off the table. We believe Big Data and Data Warehousing
will be awful this year so be careful. Don’t put any new money into this
sector.

Education
EdTech is cold and we don’t think it will recover in 2017. Stay away.

Energy
The key word “CleanTech” is slowing down as a trend, but we found
that the phrase “Renewable Energy” is still a bright spot with an
extremely high growth velocity, according to our prediction system.

Financial
FinTech and Blockchain will once again be strong performers in 2017.
But not all is rosy in FinTech. Mobile Payments will slow down and
Online Lending and Peer-to-Peer Lending will be laggards this year.

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Health
Compared to its sister-sector BioTech, general-interest HealthTech is
ugly and we recommend exiting this sector as soon as possible. Digital
Health will also take a pounding pending the inevitable changes to
Obamacare. Be careful in this sector.

NextGeneration/ Emerging Technology
All kinds of new trends will emerge from now until 2020, so think
about getting in now. If you are looking five to ten years out, there are
some pretty interesting plays. We think Brain-Computer Interfaces,
Human Augmentation, Smart Data Discovery and Virtual Personal
Assistants are worth tracking, according to our predictive analytics.
Also, conduct due diligence and be ready to invest in 4D Printing,
Device Mesh, 802.11ax, Neuromorphic Hardware, Smart Workspace,
Smart Dust, Smart Robots and Natural-Language Question Answering.

About GovBrain
GovBrain, headquartered in Washington, DC, is developing FinTech
software to help Fortune 1000 corporations predict world-changing
events utilizing our patent-pending AI/ Machine Learning Platform.

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