This Expert Is Watching 4 Huge Tech Trends

CEA president Gary Shapiro guides us through four technologies investors should know intimately.

Mar 12, 2014 at 11:30AM

Are you interested in a technology that will have a bigger impact on the world than smartphones? How about a coming trend that could reduce traffic fatalities to near zero?

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, is watching several tech trends for 2014 and beyond -- and is talking about them at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas.

Motley Fool analyst Rex Moore was able to catch up with Gary at SXSW and chat with him about four tech trends for 2014. These include:

1. The Internet of Things: Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) is a major player in the early stages of IoT. Cisco CEO John Chambers perked up more than a few ears when he estimated this could have a $14.4 trillion impact by 2020. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) validated that thinking with its $3.2 billion purchase of smart-thermostat maker Nest.

2. Driverless Cars: Google is also on the cutting edge in the move toward autonomous cars. Its fleet of self-driving vehicles has logged hundreds of thousands of miles without incident, and many experts predict traffic fatalities will virtually be eliminated once these cars dominate the roadways.

3. 3-D Printing: After years of success on the industrial front, 3-D printing is finally starting to take off on the consumer side. This technology will evolve well beyond the simple printing of toys and accessories we see today.

4. Ultra HD TV: 4K television is still high on pricing and short on content, but we'll eventually get to the point Ultra-HD is simply called "TV," the way we refer to our high-definition sets today.


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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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