We’ve been talking a lot about artificial intelligence (AI) over the past few weeks.
About how the big brains at Google’s DeepMind AI system say they may have developed a memory system they’re calling a “differentiable neural computer” (DNC) and possibly unlocked the path to truly intelligent deep learning.
About how many of FacebookMessenger’s 1 billion users are using AI-enhanced “chatbots” for their customer-service needs – chatbots that may soon be handling bill paying, shopping, delivery, and a range of other tasks.
As we approach Christmas and the end of the year, I’m getting ready for one of my favorite nights.
You see, I love New Year’s Eve.
And not because I look forward to the lavish parties folks like to hold on that final night of the year.
In fact, I don’t party at all.
Instead, my wife and I have established a neat little ritual that lets us say adios to the outgoing year and to welcome in the new one by setting some goals for the one that’s coming in.
We dress up and go out for a late dinner – usually at one of the nice local eateries that we like and support. But before we do, the two of us always sit by the fire and have our most important “family talk” of the year.
Each year, you see, I write an “Annual Report” that details our achievements for that year. These include accomplishments at work and in the civic projects we’re involved with, great investments we’ve made, and projects we’ve completed.
As my wife and I sit by the fire, we review that “report” – and celebrate our accomplishments. And then we establish goals for the New Year – creating an “Investment Action Plan” whose success or failure we’ll review at our “chat” the following New Year’s Eve.
I’m sharing this story for a reason: My wife and I have been doing this for more than a decade now. That’s long enough to see that this “tradition” has had a positive impact on our lives.
And it points to a habit that I believe every investor should develop.
I’m talking about developing an Investment Action Plan.
We’ve all seen the “Trump Tweet Effect” these past weeks, as the president-elect’s unfiltered Twitter messages hit some of Wall Street’s favorite stocks.
Donald Trump took The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) to task early on Dec. 6, for its overly lavish federal contract. The company’s stock opened 1.54% lower in a move that wiped more than $1 billion in capitalization from the books.
Later that same day, Trump reported that SoftBank Group Corp. CEO Masayoshi Son, a Japanese billionaire and technology investor, had agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States, aiming to create 50,000 jobs. And he took credit for the “deal.” Since, then Softbank, has soared nearly 15%.
Then on Dec. 12, Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), one of our best defense plays, lost $4 billion in value in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s tweets about the F-35 Lightning program.
Now, these losses and gains say more about Wall Street traders than about Trump – or the companies he’s talking about.
But we need to watch out for this kind of “volatility” from here on out.
Unless… you go with the recommendation I’m going to show you now.
It’s offering explosive growth in a blue-chip package – 37% gains year to date.
And I can’t imagine any mere 140 characters are going to ding it…
If you’re at all familiar with the New York City Subway, you know that’s an easy route – no train changes required.
Now, consider a trek from the Bronx Zoo to Flushing Meadows in Queens, where they play the U.S. Open.
If you can figure that out, you’re smarter than most advanced artificial intelligence systems.
According to researchers at Google’s DeepMind AI project, such systems can perform pretty simple tasks like picking out the best Times Square-to-Wall Street route 98.8% of the time. But when it comes to more complex trips, they have a success rate of just 37%.
But now, DeepMind’s big brains say they may have solved that problem with a memory system they’re calling a “differentiable neural computer” (DNC). By doing that, they may have found the key that unlocks the path to truly intelligent AI and deep learning.
Today, we’ll take a look at what DNC is.
And we’ll dig up a company that’s making memory breakthroughs like it possible.
This stock is 40% off its two-year closing high.
It’s going to get back there and higher pretty quickly – and make a nice 25% in just the next year.
Trump has said he plans to act more like a chairman of the board, while Vice President-elect Mike Pence and the Cabinet handle the nitty-gritty of government.
So maybe we should be talking about “Elaine Chao Stocks”…
After all, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Transportation will head up much of the president-elect’s $1 trillion infrastructure improvement plan.
But more importantly to our interests here, she’ll be in charge of regulating self-driving vehicle technology.
If Chao’s history as Deputy Secretary of Transportation under George H.W. Bush and Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush repeats itself, that’s good use, because she’s known for a light regulatory hand.
To us, that means public companies in the self-driving space are likely to see a big boost in share price over the next four years.
Especially the one we’re looking at today.
You can already find its “pre”-autonomous driving technology in many of the most prestigious nameplates.
Its technology is the force behind two of the most “public” driverless car tests over the past couple of years.
And its shares are primed to soar as much as 40% in the next year alone.
There’s a tech “play” out there that gives us access to just about everything: solar panels, data storage devices, tablets, smartphones, cars and trucks, and even high-definition TV sets.
But that’s just the beginning.
It also puts us in antibiotics… water purification systems… and even NASA spacecraft.
And I bet that most of you have a piece of this “Universal Tech Play” on you as we speak.
I’m talking about silver.
Most investors think of it as a precious metal – a way to store value.
But you’re not “most investors,” and you now know that silver – this Miracle Material – has a special set of properties you won’t find in other commodities. It’s an excellent electrical and thermal conductor; it provides a durable and smooth coating for many tech components that can’t have imperfections; and it has anti-microbial properties that help medical devices stay germ-free.
Washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, air purifiers, and vacuum cleaners all rely on silver nanoparticles to sterilize up to 650 types of bacteria.
And right now, another hot growth area is just starting to develop for silver – nanotechnology.
Engineers have begun tinkering with this metal, looking for ways to apply wafer-thin layers of silver to a range of industrial and medical products.
While silver prices have been weighed down by strong economic figures lately, this shouldn’t deter you long term. In fact, the best time to find great bargains in silver is before another price surge.
Rats have long been one of humanity’s worst enemies.
Flea-invested rats were carriers of the bubonic plague that killed between 75 million and 200 million Europeans in the mid-14th century.
Today, rats still carry and spread many diseases – some fatal – including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, murine typhus, and rat-bite fever.
But I love rats – specifically, OmniRats.
These rodents – developed by biotech researchers – contain disease-fighting antibodies that are remarkably similar to the ones found in us humans. And those researchers believe they’ll be the key to dozens of successful drugs.
When it comes to mining – of both precious and strategic metals – most of the “low-hanging fruit” has been both discovered and mined out.
That’s even with the sophisticated power, equipment, and transportation technologies we discuss every week here.
And that leaves us with much lower grade deposits… at least on land.
One of the biggest tech advancements in recent years, however, has made those lower grade deposits – i.e., lower metal concentration per ton of rock – economic to mine. I’m talking about the ability to move, crush, and process massive amounts of rock from open-pit deposits.
If you have a question or issue with a recent purchase or experience – say, a broken toaster, mis-delivered pizza, or stinky hotel room – you have several options…
You can visit the customer service desk.
You can write a letter.
You can send an email.
You can call customer service.
You can chat with a bot.
You see, over the past year or so, thousands of “brands” – everything from soda companies to tropical resorts – have unleashed bots to handle some of their customer-service load.
With these bots, you type or say a question – and the bot responds. They work pretty well – I used one to cancel my cable service earlier this year… and didn’t realize it till later.
That may seem like a small change in the “How We Live” window of the Singularity Nexus – chatting with a bot instead of a call-center worker – but these chatbots wouldn’t exist if it weren’t a major Singularity Era technology.
Soon, all of our “intelligent” things will have some form of chat- or voice-bot – like Siri on your iPhone – interface.
All these chatbots need the right software and platform to be effective.
One company has already developed that software and platform.
Since this summer, this company has deployed dozens of dedicated AI servers to comb through all of the data it is getting from its chatbot platform.
And as it does so, that company’s AI system getting smarter and more precise with each passing month – and those brands are seeing success and more are signing up.
Today, I’ll show you why this company is one of the best ways to play AI and chatbots.
Not least of which because you could make profits of 107% with it between now and 2020.