It’s time for a break from the sturm und drang of the political season. Herein an exploration of a macro trend that bodes well for America – and for investors. Of course governments are capable of either facilitating or stifling tech revolutions. But progress is (nearly) inevitable when tech cycles are foundational.
The astonishing success of Nintendo’s augmented-reality (AR) game, Pokémon GO, is a harbinger of yet another digital revolution. It’s also a teaching moment for the inconvenient—or at least generally ignored—truth of the ineluctable linkages between the cyber and physical worlds. Virtual worlds live inside the real worlds of massive communications and Cloud computing infrastructures manufactured with real not virtual materials and consuming real energy.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla [NASDAQ:TSLA], plans to buy his cousin’s company, Solar City [NASDAQ:SCTY]. That has generated a lot of head-scratching in financial circles about how it will work out. Some facts commonly cited: Tesla is the most successful and biggest electric car company the world has ever seen.
We now have clarity—even if it was assumed before—as to one more political chasm in this election cycle. At issue is “fracking” and the future for America’s enormous new shale energy industry.
Yes. It is a revolution. But it’s still early days, so the landscape is complex.
Even if you have no immediate plans to buy a drone (yet), a lot of people do. In a few years we’ve gone from a hobbyist niche to an estimated one million consumer-class or small-business drones sold last year in the U.S. alone. Such a steep growth curve has all the earmarks of a new product category.
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter ruffled feathers this week when, in a February 2nd speech at the Economic Club of Washington D.C., he demoted ISIS and terrorism, to the bottom of a list of key threats to America’s national security. At the top of the list of “five evolving challenges”? Russia.