That's according to the new 2017 Tech Trends Report, which for 10 years has been tracking the big changes in technology and analyzing how they will affect different industries. The data is meant to keep entrepreneurs and business owners informed about impending disruptions in their industries, as well as competitive threats and opportunities.
This year's report, compiled by Amy Webb's Future Today Institute, is especially dense. In 2016, we saw major advances in automation, artificial intelligence, mixed reality, robotics, and autonomous vehicles -- to name just a few -- that have gone mainstream. While there's plenty to track in 2017, the industries these technologies could affect might not be immediately apparent.
Drones, for example, are a key trend for advertising and marketing professionals. The same applies to gene editing within a logistics firm (since advances in plant sciences could lead to disruptions in farming and grocery businesses -- and, as a result, shipping and logistics).
But one of the biggest trends is artificial intelligence. It's only appeared on the list for two years, which says a lot about how rapidly applications for the technology have advanced. "AI" has quickly become a buzzword that many skip over, but the report says it's time to "think about AI as the next layer of technology that will be integrated into everything you do professionally."
So whether your company might use image completion technologies, voice generation, or predictive machine learning, it's certainly time to add goals to your New Year's resolution list: Educating yourself on the implications of artificial intelligence advances your business prospects.