The interest in artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT was nothing short of explosive this year at CES 2018. To learn more about emerging trends, we spoke to New York Times bestselling author Chuck Martin.

AI Is Everywhere

Martin defines AI as “machines learning as they go.” In other words, these devices are learning from the consumers who use them. In 2018, we will see this learning start to transform businesses in a big way.

“IoT is impacting everything, mainly because IoT now encompasses everything,” Martin said. From virtual reality to augmented reality, AI and IoT have altered nearly everything that we see and touch.

One particular trend within AI and IoT that will take precedence in 2018 is voice-based technologies. “Every business basically has to do [voice],” Martin said. “They don’t have a choice.”

Protecting the Future

As AI and IoT assume prominent roles within the corporate sphere, businesses need to consider how they will secure data as they adopt these technologies. The key? Security needs to be thought through from start to finish. It can’t be an afterthought.

“Companies actually understand that,” Martin said. “They just don’t necessarily know how to do it.”

Martin’s parting advice to every company? Start at security — only then go into IoT.

Watch the video above to learn more about emerging trends in artificial intelligence.