Nick’s Note: Regular readers know Teeka Tiwari as a world-renowned cryptocurrency expert. But Teeka’s been finding profitable tech trends since his days as a Wall Street hedge fund manager in the early 2000s.

Back then, he predicted the iPod would be a massive hit, and recommended Apple to his clients. Over the next decade, a $10,000 investment into his idea would have ballooned into nearly a half-million dollars.

Recently, Teeka was at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where he identified his top two tech trends for 2018. When T tells me about a big trend, I listen. That’s because it’ll make us a lot of money…

Nick: T, I’m jealous. CES is on the list of conferences that I want to attend at least once. Tell me what you’re seeing on the floor there.

Teeka: First, let me give you some background on CES. It’s the nation’s premier technology showcase. Nearly 200,000 people attend this event.

I’m talking about CEOs, hedge fund managers, venture capitalists, computer scientists, and engineers… The gathering is a who’s who of the tech space.

The technology here is incredible. Some of them were goofy little gadgets like a self-driving suitcase that follows you around… And a robotic puppy got a lot of attention. But that’s a sideshow to the real technology on display.

There are two big trends I see emerging from CES. The first I want to talk about is augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

(I first told your readers about the AR/VR trend back in February 2017, “Follow This Cycle to Profit on the Next $90 Billion Tech Trend.”)

Now, most people know what virtual reality is. You strap on a headset and you’re completely immersed in a virtual world. It’s like you’re in a video game or a movie.

This is the future of entertainment. And I think it’s a year or two away from really taking off.

The reason VR isn’t more prevalent today is because of the high price. Now, a VR headset only costs $399. But the problem is you need a powerful computer to run it. And these rigs start at $1,000.  

That’s out of reach for most people. But declining technology costs will make it cheaper to buy a VR computer rig—just like declining costs made it cheaper for people to buy televisions, laptops, and smartphones.

When that happens, look out… There will be an explosion in the technology.

Nick: And what about VR’s cousin, augmented reality?

Teeka: First, let me explain the difference between AR and VR.

AR uses the world around you. So, instead of being in a completely different world like virtual reality… augmented reality enhances—or augments—the world around you. It seamlessly blends virtual images into the real world.

An example of this tech was last year’s smash-hit game Pokémon Go. In the game, Pokémon (short for pocket monsters) are projected into the real world… and players try to capture them using their smartphones.

Now, AR has the same problems as VR when it comes to price. But I think AR is ready to go mainstream now. And it’s not just for entertainment.

There are countless industrial uses for AR… Surgeons are using AR so they can see a patient’s vital signs without looking up at a monitor. And engineers are using it to diagnose problems in structures like buildings.

These use cases are only going to grow this year. I predict we’ll see AR take off about a year before VR does. So, I’ll be watching the AR space carefully.

Nick: I’ll make sure to keep everyone updated about developments in the Daily, too. You said there were two trends that excited you at CES. What’s the second?

Teeka: The other is Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI makes it possible for machines to learn from experiences—much like humans do.

The excitement I saw for AI-infused robots was incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it in all the years I’ve come to CES. People just lost their minds.

The biggest hit was Sophia—a robot powered by AI. Sophia is the most humanoid robot I’ve ever seen. When she took the stage, everyone went crazy.

Grown men were acting like teenage girls. They were running to the front of the room with phones held high trying to get a picture.

It felt like a Justin Bieber concert… The buzz was palpable.

Sophia can already hold a conversation like a regular person. She has human facial expressions, can express sadness and happiness, and even crack jokes.

She’s so real that she became the first robot to earn citizenship in a country… Saudi Arabia made her a citizen last October.

It’s really incredible. The AI algorithms that give robots like Sophia their “smarts” are only going to get better from here on out.

A Hong Kong-based company called Hanson Robotics developed Sophia. Now, Hanson is a private company… so you can’t buy it. But I strongly believe 2018 will be the year we see AI start to get ported into different aspects of our daily lives.

Nick: That does sound exciting. So, how can our readers profit from the trends in VR/AR and AI?

Teeka: My Palm Beach Letter subscribers have already made a lot of money investing in Nvidia. We’re up 590% since I added it to our portfolio back in December 2015. So, it’s way past our buy price.

Nvidia makes powerful chips (what I call “robot brains”) that go into electronic devices and advanced robotics. I expect it to continue to dominate this space.

Nick: Thanks for your insights, T.


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