Life Gets Better With Tech

One of the major projects I’m working on right now is the soon-to-be-launched Revolutionary Tech Investor service.

As the name suggests, this investment service will cover the revolutionary technology investment opportunities that are happening around the world.

It’s the job of my technology analyst, Sam Volkering, to scour the markets to find the revolutionary companies with the big ideas.

It’s a hard task. For the most part, even the people running these companies don’t understand the full impact of their technology.

But it’s a mistake to think of new technology as just iPhones, coffee machines and the latest gadgets in new cars. can have an important and direct impact on how (and how long) you live your life…

As I say, part of Sam’s role is finding out the latest technology and research taking place in companies and research centres worldwide.

It’s a huge job. But so far he’s uncovered some amazing stuff. You’ve seen some of it in Monday’s Pursuit of Happiness. And in today’s issue you’ll read more in the notes that follow this.

But Sam isn’t just reading about new technology, he’s getting ‘hands on’ with it too. For instance, there’s the project that’s got me really excited – the 3D printer. We ordered one online last week and it should arrive in the next few days.

The point of this is to check out just how practical it is to print 3D plastic objects at home.

It’s only the smallest and most basic model, so we’re not expecting huge things from it. But already the whole idea has Sam and me thinking about the implications of 3D printing. Especially the positive impact it could have for businesses and consumers.

I won’t go into the details here because it’s a subject I cover in one of the special reports I’ve written for the launch of Revolutionary Tech Investor.

All I can say is that it could spell trouble for the notion of a globalised economy – and in a good way too.

How Healthy Do You Think You Are?

But 3D printing doesn’t really have much to do with your personal health. (Although there are experiments taking place to ‘print’ living organs and tissue!)

No, what I’ll take you through today is DNA analysis.

Without any prompting from me, Sam offered himself (and his DNA) as a guinea pig for an experiment. The process was simple. All Sam had to do was take a swab of his saliva, put it in a test tube and send it off to a laboratory in the US…and then wait.

Three to four weeks later and Sam received a breakdown of his DNA analysis.

It gave him a list of diseases and ailments that Sam could suffer from over the course of his life, and the percentage chance of him contracting that disease or ailment.

Additionally – and this is crucial – the results also provided details of the average occurrence of these diseases in the general population.

So for instance, the average occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease is 7.2%. But in Sam’s case, according to his DNA analysis, he only has a 3% chance of getting it. So that’s good news.

On the other hand, in the case of atrial fibrillation (a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat), the average occurrence in the general population is 27.2%, compared to Sam’s likelihood of getting it 33.9%.

Now, I’ll admit this does create a moral dilemma. First of all, do you really want to know your odds of contracting a particular disease? Does knowing you only have a 21% chance of getting something compared to the general population having a 25% chance of getting it really make you feel better?

Or does it make you feel worse, as you may never have even thought you were at risk of getting a particular disease in the first place?

Revolutionary Ideas

So I can understand the point of view that says they would rather not know.

But Sam takes a more proactive view. Sam says that by knowing this information, he can take steps now to improve his chances of not getting certain conditions.

Or at the very least he can ensure he maintains a healthy lifestyle so that if the worst happens, it won’t take him by surprise.

But this is just the beginning. The next logical steps are just as exciting.

The more people know about the strengths and weaknesses of their body, and the more clinicians have this information to hand before disease strikes, the better the treatment of these diseases.

Let’s take another example. Let’s say scientists can figure out which body cells are most likely to trigger or cause a particular disease or face infection by a particular disease.

And let’s say they take this to the next step where they can use targeted drugs or other therapies to prevent the disease from striking. But rather than vaccinating everyone, they can target the treatment to those who most need it.

If doctors know that their patient has a higher-than-average chance of contracting this disease, perhaps they can prescribe a treatment that inhibits the onset.

That’s one of the real joys of looking at new technology. It’s not just figuring out what one company is doing, it’s about figuring out the impact that could have on other companies and industries.

In other words, if this happens to A, what will it mean for B and C?

That’s revolutionary.

It’s an almost endless exercise. On the surface, some of these innovations, such as personal DNA analysis and 3D printing, may seem like quirky gimmicks.

But given time (perhaps sooner than we think) these seemingly oddball ideas could play a lasting and important part in ensuring that you and everyone else live the longest and happiest lives possible.

Kris Sayce
Founder, Revolutionary Tech Investor

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Kris Sayce, dubbed the ‘Jeremy Clarkson of Australian finance’, began as a London finance broker specialising in small-cap stock analysis on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Kris then spent several years at one of Australia's leading wealth management firms. A fully accredited advisor in shares, options, warrants and foreign-exchange investments, Kris was instrumental in helping to establish the Australian version of the Markets and Money e-newsletter in 2005. He is the Publisher, Investment Director and Editor in Chief of Australia's most outspoken financial news service, Markets & Money.

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