It’s incredible to think that just 25 years ago, I logged onto the Internet with the AOL voice, which I still clearly remember what it sounded like: “You’ve got mail”. It was so exciting. To think that I could send a message to someone instantly instead of writing a handwritten note and waiting several days for them to receive it. And then it wasn’t until a few years later in 2000 that I got my first cell phone for day to day use. And now here we are just 20 years later with phones in your pocket that are 100,000 times more powerful than the computer NASA used to send the first astronauts to the moon. Yep you read that right – the smartphone that fits in your pocket has an incredible amount of horsepower that even 20 years ago seems like a story straight out of a science fiction movie. Yet, here we are, and it’s not even a big deal to us.
Technology doesn’t increase incrementally, it increases EXPONENTIALLY.
In other words, if it were incremental, you would take 2 pennies on day 1, and every day you add just 2 pennies – at the end of 30 days, we have, uhm, 60 pennies. Or is it 58 because we don’t start on day 0? Well, Idigress – you get the point. Exponential growth would be taking a penny and doubling it every day for 30 days – at first it seems such a small amount, and then as you get to the final 4 days – it’s insane. At the end of day 27, you have only $671,088. Only, right. Only as in compared to day 30, you have $5,368,709.
For the first several tens of thousands of years of humanity, we were still in the days 1-4 stage. Then the wheel came along, then the printing press, then maybe the biggest breakthrough the Telegraph hit (it was so pivotal because it increased the speed of communication exponentially), and now we are in day/age 15. And then along comes the first computer, and we are in the last of the teenage years. Then the home computer, and then the Internet, and bam – you just turned 21 and had your first sip of alcohol (that was me Mom, I swear!) Technology explodes because there’s ease of communication. And now we have phones we are on 10 hours per day that could send a man to the moon. Friends, we’re on day 25 now. And that means the amount of technological breakthroughs in the next 5 years will be more than the past 25. And then 6 years from now, that single year will be more than the previous 25. And then that 7th year, in that single year, we’ll have more advances then the previous hundred thousand or whatever it is of human history.
So what can we potentially expect to happen in the next 5 years?
- Driverless cars will be more common than drivers in cars. You’ll be in your house and type or speak an address on an app, and within 5 minutes a driverless taxi will be in your driveway. 10 years from now, you demand to drive because you enjoy it? Sure thing, all you have to do is pay $10,000 per year in insurance because statistically, you’re 100x more dangerous than a driverless car. 15 years from now you want to drive? You committed a Felony by endangering others.
- I think what’s going to be most mind boggling will be the advances in bio-technology – essentially, engineering more healthy and efficient human beings. Gene therapy will eradicate many diseases that have plagued humans for centuries. Common bullshit drugs like cholesterol meds that treat symptoms and cause more harm than good will be disrupted and finally replaced. We will see human life expectancy start to incrementally advance to bypass 100. You’ll have your very own artificial intelligence assistant that will measure your vitals, your hormones, your key performance indicators and speak to you – verbally warning you of impending dangers to your health.
- What will also be crazy is advances in robotics. For the past several years, I’ve so wanted an assistant in our house – to cook our meals, do the dishes, clean our house, do some basic chores – but the primary reason we haven’t is we don’t want the disruption of anyone else in our home all the time, and of course, the monetary expense. All of that will change. We will have an assistant – Lucy – she’ll, or rather, it, will do all of that for you. She’ll probably start off when she’s initially launched at $10,000, or $20,000, but then within a couple of years of mass adoption she’ll be down to $995 and essentially be like flat screen TVs – there’s one in every low income rental I own. A robotic assistant will be in many households to help us with the everyday menial tasks that most don’t enjoy and would rather be doing something else. Which will free time up to focus on more enjoyable or productive tasks. Think of it – millions and millions of rather unproductive but necessary hours unlocked and reallocated into meaningful, economically productive pursuits. Or additional health, fitness and self care time. Or family time. Incredible.
There’s an awful lot to unpack here as I have more predictions of what the future looks like, but all of this was a setup for Indestructible Wealth, of course. When these technology breakthroughs inevitably arrive, we as investors need to be positioning ourselves ahead of these trends before mass adoption takes place. We need great research that gives us the best bets for the companies that will be leading the charge and exponentially profiting off of these trends. That’s how we are going to win in the stock market in the next decade, my friend. We need to be thinking about what is most likely, or even certainly coming down the pipe, and then place our bets strategically, spread out across different sectors and great companies – and then let time do the heavy lifting. And go back to doing what we do best – creating more value for other humans in OUR area of expertise. This is PART of our playbook, because we believe in proper asset allocation. Join our masterclass now!
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