Today, I want to start the new year with another MegaTrend: Disruptive Technologies.
We’ve seen them proliferate in recent years, largely because we’ve entered the digital age, and that has meant people and companies can now rethink old strategies for dealing with challenges and solving problems.
As we saw with the pandemic, technology allowed us to develop a cutting edge mRNA vaccine in less than a year after it started. It wasn’t just one company, but several.
Also, these vaccines were highly effective. In the past, vaccines took about 2-3 years to develop, and if they were 60% effective, that was impressive.
Robots Have Arrived
The speed of “lab to fab” isn’t just for healthcare. Now, as inflation rises, companies are looking to do more with less. They need to keep growing their earnings and the means to finding a balance between expanding margins and rising productivity.
Just as the invention of the assembly line revolutionized productivity a century ago, now robotics are taking skilled labor to a different place.
As you can see in the photo above, while the machines are taking up more of the shop floor, it still takes humans to interact with those machines to get the job done. The human jobs are shifting, and so will the economy.
Whether you’re a car maker like Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), a retailer like Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), or a chipmaker like Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), they’re all using robotics in one form or another to create more efficiencies and productivity.
The Brains Behind the Bots
Dumb robots are no longer the end game. Now, as artificial intelligence (AI) expands rapidly, what robots and smart devices can do is growing rapidly, but it’s all still in its formative stages.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) chips are some of the most powerful graphic processors on the market today and are helping power everything from driverless vehicles to drug modeling.
NVDA is also a player in another AI-driven disruptive technology – the blockchain.
The blockchain is an entirely new way to log and store transactions. While it’s been closely linked to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the uses of blockchain technologies are disrupting even the most conservative financial institutions.
As you can see, it’s not only ushering in the era of disruptive financial technology (fintech), but its potential for so many other industries is massive.
I’ll be featuring more on specific disruptive technologies this month and the stocks that are the kind of MegaTrend players that aren’t just starting down this road – they’re blazing the trail.
These are the companies that are driving this massive change forward. For investors, that means they’re the ones that will be the hot stocks when times are good and the safety stocks when times get tough.
Next week, we’ll take a deeper dive into the MegaTrend players in AI.
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