In 2017, the human resources industry has done a lot of soul searching about the way culture and performance issues were handled within companies. In 2018, another big internal shift is coming, but this time the focus is on technology: how it can be used to find people, connect people, engage people, even replace people — and what to do when that happens. For years, technology has acted as a tool to help with day-to-day tasks, but the focus in 2018 will be technology as a way of life in the workplace. With 2018 rapidly approaching, it’s clear that technology-driven trends will impact the HR industry sooner rather than later. Many of these are already available and will simply grow in industry presence; the smart thing is to invest time and resources now to get ahead of the game. Whether it’s identifying internal positions vulnerable to AI replacement or exploring social media-enabled methods of finding passive candidates, all technology-driven changes feature some level of learning curve. Thus, even before the calendar turns to 2018, it’s a worthwhile goal to start preparing for the future today.