by Doug Casey, Casey Research:
Justin’s note: Technology expert and Silicon Valley insider Jeff Brown is one of our friends over at Bonner & Partners. As we’ve shown you in the past, Jeff consistently spots the world’s biggest tech trends – before they hit the mainstream media – and recommends the best ways to profit off them.
He’s known for pinpointing the No. 1 performing stock in the S&P 500 in 2016… and againin 2018.
In short, when Jeff shares a big tech development, I don’t ignore it. I pass it along as soon as I can.
Today, he has three stories that all need to be on your radar: how virtual reality comes to the masses… why the next AI assistant will change your life… and why Google is after the data in your genes.
By Jeff Brown, editor, The Bleeding Edge
• Facebook will kickstart the mass adoption of virtual reality (VR) devices…
Facebook is now taking pre-orders for its next-generation Oculus Rift S VR headset. This will pave the way to widescale adoption of VR technology.
Facebook’s Oculus Rift S VR Headset
Source: Oculus VR
Facebook’s foray into VR started back in March 2014, when it bought Oculus VR for $2 billion. This was an insane price to pay for a VR gaming company at the time.
Two years later, Facebook put out the first-generation Oculus Rift VR headset. The original Oculus received great reviews in niche markets… But it never gained widescale adoption.
Now we are getting the next version, three years later. That’s a long time in the technology world.
But what’s exciting about the release of the new VR headset is that technology has advanced rapidly in that time. Semiconductors… graphics processing… lens technology… They have all improved greatly over the last three years.
That means the new Oculus will be much better. And consumers will get their first look at bleeding-edge virtual reality.
And it’s not just for gaming. There will be professional training applications… educational programs… and even medical applications on the platform.
What’s more, Facebook’s price point is great. The Oculus Rift S will sell for just under $400. That’s about what it costs to buy a new gaming console, like a PlayStation or an Xbox.
So the new Oculus will be affordable. And it will deliver a superior experience. That’s the recipe for widescale adoption.
Expect to hear a lot more about VR in 2019.
• Google’s new AI bot is 10x faster…
Google just announced the next version of its artificial intelligence (AI) bot – Google Assistant. This is Google’s personal assistant that users can access on their phone, laptop, or home speaker.
Right now, Google Assistant can perform tasks like setting alarms… finding information… playing music… sending text messages… and even making phone calls.
And the new version will do these things, and more, 10 times faster than the first.
Better yet, the new Google Assistant can run at the “edge” of the network. In other words, it doesn’t have to connect to Google’s network every time it gets a request. It can process requests itself.
Here’s why that’s important…
AI will run independently on a device without needing to be connected to Google’s data centers in real time. AI will be able to process natural language, interpret, infer meaning, and take action. And because of this, digital assistants will be able to perform more complex tasks for you.
For example, Sunday was Mother’s Day. Imagine saying, “Google Assistant, please send flowers to my mother on Sunday. She likes roses. The budget is $70.” And then, the AI takes care of it… just like that.
Or what if you can’t make your next dentist appointment?
“Google Assistant, please call the dentist and change my appointment to next week. Around noon is best.” And the AI takes care of it, placing an appointment on your phone’s calendar.
That’s where this is going. Personal AI assistants are going to perform all our tedious tasks for us…
Think of all the time and money you’ll save when your AI assistant can handle your insurance claims… file your taxes… and manage your calendar, all with a simple command.
Life is about to get much easier with AI.