As I’m sitting here sipping on my eggnog, I’m thinking about how much changes in a year. These words were not even a common part of my vocabulary 12 months ago: ransomware, Bitcoin, ICO, digital identity, GDPR, blockchain, AI and machine learning.
Today, I use these words daily and most of them are directly related to my work: giving people control of and protecting their digital identity.
At the same time, there are words that continue to be consistent each year: backup, data protection, family, and, of course, food and wine.
2018 will be the year when the new merges with the old. I am sure that at the end of 2018 I will be enjoying some good food and wine with my family, but some things will likely be different:
- I will be paying for my Christmas gifts with Bitcoins (or some other cryptocurrency).
- My annual ritual of organizing and arranging my affairs could include using the benefits of GDPR and the right to be forgotten.
- The picture I want to show my dad, which I could never find, turns up with a quick AI-based search.
May you all have a Happy Holiday and a great New Year.