I loath that Gartner hype chart, it's so full of it. The only reason why some of Gartner's "predictions" come close is because they try to create a self fulfilling prophecy. COs like to drink the Garner cool-aid, and because of that a lot of attention goes toward buzzwords (because the CO's FOMO), and thus validating Gartner's point.
I don't see it as as prediction tool, you are right that this would be yet another way to be a slave off the hype cycle.
I see it as a good reminder that I should focus not on the hotness of $TECH but on the problems that my products are solving.
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