2018 brought with it many technological advances. Some of these included the newest powers of AI, or artificial intelligence. This year AI started to reshape business strategies and made giant leaps in research fields as well. It also saw its way into entertainment, with voice recognition developments in everyday appliances such as Siri and Alexa. Blockchain was another big development this year, the revolutionary decentralized technology that is being used to store and exchange data for cryptocurrencies. This also brought big gaping holes in the realm of digital security, leading to hacking and cyberattacks on big companies and individuals alike. The Internet of Things saw increasing importance and this trend proves to continue in the future. The roles of Chief Data Officers, or CDOs, have also gained importance, now being responsible for data and information management.