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smart machines

Contributor(s): Francesca Sales

In general, a smart machine is an intelligent device that uses machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.

Smart machines include robots, self-driving cars and other cognitive computing systems that are able to make decisions and solve problems without human intervention.

Smart machines will be digital disruptors because of the effects -- both positive and negative -- they will have on society. In business, the competitive advantages these technologies are capable of providing may bring higher profit margins and lead to more efficient manufacturing processes.

Gartner research fellow Steve Prentice speaks to Cliff Saran about the opportunities smart machines present.

 

This was last updated in April 2014

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