Technology is moving faster than ever. And it’s changing the world as we know it…
This isn’t one of the small shifts we’re used to, like refrigerators getting 5% more energy efficient… Or our next car having better fuel economy.
The kind of change I’m talking about is different… and it’s critical for investors to pay attention.
Here’s a graph to illustrate.
The black line shows our usual “linear” growth. It gradually increases in a slow, steady slope.
But the blue line?
That’s exponential growth. It means that every couple of years, the growth doubles. And as that accelerates, we reach an elbow… and the trend goes vertical.
Most of us don’t really appreciate exponential growth because it sneaks up on us. We don’t see it coming until it’s already there.
But in hindsight, it’s easy to see.
Exponential growth is the reason it costs less than $1,000 to sequence a human genome today… when it cost $100 million in 2001.
Exponential growth in the processing power of semiconductors is the reason why the smartphone in your pocket has more computing power than the systems used to send a man to the moon.
And exponential growth is the reason why companies like Apple, Amazon, and Netflix have returned thousands of percent to investors in the span of just a few years.
As an investor, spotting exponential growth trends is one of the best ways to identify a truly life-changing investment opportunity.
And that’s why I follow the biggest technology trends for my readers. This is just the beginning of a massive cycle of innovation.
We’re going to see a world of abundance like never before. And I can hardly wait to see it. It’s already begun with advancements like 5G, self-driving cars, genetic editing, and cloud computing.
Let me show you how…
5G Services Are Ramping Up
My longtime readers will be very familiar with the topic of 5G. Our fifth-generation networks are enabling incredible, new applications. And we’ve only just begun seeing what’s possible.
In the past, I’ve shown how the 5G build-out has three phases.
In Phase One, the infrastructure of the new networks is constructed. That includes things like 5G base stations, towers, and fiber-optic wiring. We entered Phase One in 2017, and it’s still going today.
In Phase Two, devices go on sale. 5G phones and other products begin to appear in consumers’ hands. I predict that shipments for 5G devices in 2021 will exceed 500 million.
And in Phase Three, we begin to see 5G services offered. These are applications running on 5G networks. Think of things like a massive multiplayer game on a mobile phone. That’s not possible with 4G, but it will be with 5G.
We’re on track to hit Phase Three this summer. By then, there will be hundreds of millions of 5G devices in consumers’ hands. And 5G networks will be live in hundreds of cities around the world.
That’s when 5G will start to get really exciting. At that point, developers will recognize that there is enough of a user base to start developing 5G applications.
Most people don’t really care too much about 5G technology. But we will care when we get more exciting applications that can only be accessed with a 5G device.
More people will buy 5G phones in order to access the new applications. That leads to more 5G devices in the field, which will lead to more 5G apps being created. The cycle feeds on itself.
In fact, 5G will open up a whole new world of opportunities. We saw something similar with 4G.
What few people understand is that 4G was instrumental in some of the greatest technology success stories of the past decade.
Uber, Lyft, Amazon, Spotify, Facebook – all these companies have 4G to thank for their success.
Without 4G, these companies wouldn’t exist, or else they’d be a fraction of the size they are today. And it will be the same story with 5G, but the opportunity will be much larger.
We’ll see applications like the Internet of Things… robotic surgery… holographic telepresence… and self-driving cars. All of these technologies need 5G.
And the investment opportunities will be enormous. We’re still in the early stages of a decade-long 5G boom. Fortunes will be made over the next 10 years. And any investors sitting on the sidelines will regret letting the opportunity slip by. I’ll make sure my readers don’t make that mistake.
Even more exciting, we’re seeing these kinds of major developments in more areas than just 5G…
3D Printing Is Going Into Orbit
Many people think of 3D printing – formally known as “additive manufacturing” – as a niche thing. But believe it or not, 3D printing is becoming widely used in the U.S.
In fact, 34% of all global installations of additive manufacturing equipment are happening here. China is in second place at 10.8%.
And it’s easy to see why this technology is growing in popularity. At a very high level, 3D printing is much more cost-effective.
The technology is known as “additive manufacturing” because layers of materials are added to one another to arrive at a finished product.
Compare that to traditional manufacturing, which is known as “subtractive manufacturing.” With this method, a block of some material is cut, filed, drilled, and eventually reduced to the desired shape and size.
Additive manufacturing wastes fewer materials, it is much faster, and it’s done at a fraction of the cost. It also enables a high level of customization.
That’s why 3D printing is a rapidly growing space.
For example – a company needed to create molds to make a propeller for a large air compressor. 3D printing saved $147,000 per mold casting.
And it saved 8–11 months on delivery of the mold castings. After all, companies don’t need an overseas manufacturing plant with 3D printing. Items can be printed right down the road.
And this is having an impact on a lot of different industries.
In fact, I predict the first 3D-printed rocket will go into orbit sometime in 2021. Sounds crazy, right?
But there’s already a company called Relativity Space that can 3D print an entire rocket – including the engine – in 60 days. It can take up to a year to build a rocket using traditional methods.
And the wide range of use cases is one reason why the 3D printing investment opportunities are so incredible.
In 2020, I recommended two companies in this space. At the time of writing, one is up around 117% since October. The other is up about 610% since last July.
And returns like these are why I say technology is such a critical space for investors…
Editor, The Bleeding Edge