Here are our top five tech surprises of 2017:
1. The success of Bitcoin
Well, it did fork a couple times, but neither proved fatal and the original blockchain kept going strong. Whether you think it's a commodity or a currency, Bitcoin seems to be going strong for now.
SEE: 18 new IT jobs created by Bitcoin and blockchain (TechRepublic)
2. The rise of autonomous vehicles
Not only is Waymo fielding cars with no safety driver, but an autonomous bus even had a minor fender bender in Las Vegas and the idea of autonomous cars didn't come crashing down in popular sentiment.
Take this however you want. You may be surprised it survived. You may be surprised how it became the dominant playground for politics. You may be surprised you found yourself watching TV on it.
4. Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods
Surprising in many ways, not the least of which is the poster child of online commerce investing even more heavily in brick and mortar. Amazon is expanding its physical bookstores too.
5. Samsung Note's rebound
In 2016 when Samsung recalled the Note 7, folks not only worried about Samsung's bottom line for mobile but doubted they would ever see a Note again. Not only did Samsung release the Note 8 in Q3, but the company can credit the phone's strong sales with helping the mobile business.
SEE: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: The pros far outweigh the cons for business users (TechRepublic)
If you weren't surprised by these, you need to make some predictions for 2018 and bank on them. What lies in store in 2018? Check out some of these predictions from TechRepublic and sister site ZDNet:
- Disruption as a service: Where the tech industry will pounce in 2018 (ZDNet)
- Will 2018 be the big year for machine learning? (ZDNet)
- 8 game-changing data trends that will impact businesses in 2018 (TechRepublic)
- 7 Android predictions for 2018 (TechRepublic)
- Tech budgets 2018: A CXO's guide (free PDF) (ZDNet/TechRepublic special report)
- IT Jobs in 2020: A leader's guide (free PDF) (ZDNet/TechRepublic special report)
Tom is an award-winning independent tech podcaster and host of regular tech news and information shows. Tom hosts Sword and Laser, a science fiction and fantasy podcast, and book club with Veronica Belmont. He also hosts Daily Tech News Show, covering the most important tech issues of the day with the smartest minds in technology.