1. Artificial intelligence has gone mainstream. Amazon Echo, Siri, Google Home and other personal assistants would have seemed like science fiction even 10 years ago. But now they're just another facet of our contemporary reality.

2. Robots are continuing to push industry forward. You probably don't have an android making copies in your office, but "cobots" (collaborative robots like Festo's BionicCobot) have started to intuitively automate manufacturing cycles and individualize even the assembly line.

3. Homes, cars and shopping are undergoing a revolution. Smart home platforms are becoming more and more common as we push forward, and those systems are becoming more and more advanced. Cars can drive themselves, to-do lists can order groceries without your input and digital technologies are leaking into every single aspect of our lives.

Inc.com, 1/22/2018