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Cancer treatments that could render chemotherapy antiquated

When we look for interesting investment ideas, we spend a lot of time thinking about the future. Not simply the next quarter or next year, but rather how the world will look 10, 20, even 50 years from now. This long-term focus helps us to be early in our investments and potentially maximize the benefit we can deliver to our clients as other investors start to recognize the direction the world is moving and invest in the companies we’ve owned all along.

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Robots can take over when work is too dangerous, dirty, dull, or dear

Like many other trends, the shift to automation, and the use of robotics, has accelerated during the global pandemic. Even though unemployment has risen dramatically, particularly in the U.S., the move to automation is continuing because of the value it brings. Robots can complement work done by humans or perform tasks humans would prefer not to because the work falls into one of the four D’s — dangerous, dirty, dull, or dear (as in expensive).

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Smart cars are getting much smarter

Three years ago, we wrote about “your car in 5 years’ time,” but it is already time for an update. Voice commands have been fully integrated into new cars, and they’re capable of doing much more than the commercials demonstrating “Alexa, start my car” promised. Making phone calls hands-free in the car seems normal now, and so progress goes – the once fantastic and whimsical ideas becoming commonplace.
     

The auto companies are serious about innovation. Research and development (R&D) dollars spent in the auto industry were close to $130 billion USD in 2018, only trailing R&D dollars spent in the Healthcare and Information and Communications Technology sectors.2

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