If you've ever listened to our Motley Fool Money radio show, you're likely to be familiar with a game "buy, sell, or hold" foolish.
In BSH, we invite our guests with concepts rather than real stocks, as a means of asking whether they are bullish or bearish for their future. "Buying" shows that the guest is a fan of the idea or believes that it could be a great opportunity. "Sale" indicates the opposite, and "holding" does not mean any strong conviction of either.
I had the opportunity to chat with the founder of Trend Hunter and CEO Jeremy Gutsche. Jeremy is one of the world's foremost thinkers, advising large clients such as Coca-cola, The Samsung, a Disney on how to develop their innovation strategies based on market trends development.
Jeremy played a mining round of "buying, selling, or holding" as a way to frame our discussion around the futuristic topics of genes, space travel, Elon Musk, and improve human brain. Investors who want a future insight may have heard Jeremy's highly informed viewpoint.
The sound of our conversation is provided below, with a transcript also included.
Lead Adviser Motley Fool Explorer Simon Erickson: Perfect. Now Jeremy, before I let you go out of this spot, we have to play a game that we love in the Motley Fool, "buying, selling, or holding"? These are not for individual stocks, but these are concepts. If you are helpful enough on the concept, that's a purchase. If you're very bearish, it's worth. If you need more information or if you're unsure, that does not hold. Each of these will predict it happens within the next five years. So here we are January 31, 2019. A strong purchase "would definitely happen by January 2024," and sales contrary to the reverse would not be possible to happen in the next five years. Are you ready, Jeremy?
Chief Executive Trend Hunter Jeremy Gutsche: I'm ready, let's do this.
Erickson: Okay, the first is to edit genes has been a very hot topic around the world recently. In fact, a Chinese scientist has had a lot of trouble recently because he has announced that the birth of babies who are genetically engineered using CRISPR-Cas9. It has now been extinguished from the group that it works with her, and this technology has a lot of scrutiny.
Buying, selling, or holding someone else who is genetically engineered in the next five years?
Gutsche: Buy strong, completely. The problem that we have to run in is CRISPR as having Microsoft Word and power of your desktop. The man who changed mankind, who was actually a man educated at Stanford, was acting individually, but could create a man who already adapted genetic with a technology of even now a few years ago. So, in the next five years, there will be more researchers who have an exciting desire to see if they can change the gen fund.
The danger is that the second twist that has meant in China and which is now growing up has forced humanity. So that person is now completely different. What if they grow up to 12 feet? Are you going to kill? Na. They have changed humanity. That's frightening, but that's a strong purchase and we'll bet you have other people ready there. Perhaps in a military research camp in China or Korea, who knows Russia. But the point is, that's a strong purchase.
Erickson: Ok, strong purchase on editing genes. Second prediction for you, Jeremy. Space travel is interesting and extremely innovative at this time. Indeed, in the Future Fest presentation you did compare NASA rockets with horse dimensions. I will not go down that rabbit hole, but it's a very interesting comparison why things have been moderated in government-funded programs. We saw that the NASA InSight Rover deteriorated on Mars in November, which is another spacecraft that has now hit Martian's surface.
My question is to buy, sell, or hold a private company with no money from the government, putting a boat on Mars without people? But putting Mars a spacecraft in the next five years.
Gutsche: I'm going to say catch on Mars. You see many private airplanes in close orbit. Partly because they are NASA funded to get astronauts up there. NASA currently has canceled and close-orbit programs, and they pay Russians of $ 85 million dollars per stalls to reach the Space Station. That's why Elon Musk and others know they have a budget to try and do what they're doing. They are looking at $ 20 million dollars per fund to get someone in orbit near the ground.
But the dollars associated with Mars are completely different, and there are many different complications. So, we'll catch on that, although not necessarily selling.
Erickson: Okay, stay on a private place. The third one is a person's name you have just mentioned in your last statement there. He is one of the most innovative people on this planet.
Buy, sell, or hold Elon Musk still Chief Executive Officer for Wales Tesla in five years?
Gutsche: I'm going to buy. I believe that what is separated by other CEOs is that he has proven himself several times over. A celebrity among CEOs, and if you are a subscriber of that stock, you recognize the power of the celebrities. And yet you'll probably have other stocks where you do not even know the name of the CEO.
Erickson: Okay, so buy on Elon. And then here is my last one, Jeremy. The last is that we have seen many academic studies on electrical devices that can read your brainwaves or even interact with our minds. Much of this is based on need. Responsible for moving prosthetic members, for disabled people, or helping people with severe diseases. But in theory, an implantable brain computer interface could be used for human improvement.
Buying, selling, or holding a market-hit product that could be used for human improvement, which interactions with your brain during the next five years?
Gutsche: I'm going to say buying, because in fact to refer Elon Musk, he said we were already in a way becoming a androids because of our phone. We already have that engagement and we're cyborgs.
Let me repeat that. Elon Musk said we are already cyborgs because our phone gives us all the access to all this great information. The problem is, we're thriving with fingers to type what we want to do and then get what we need from our small computers. At MIT Media Lab, they have already created a device that can read your own inner voice and use it now in their tests to show how you could control what you're looking at at Hulu or Netflix. Or give the total number of foods you buy in the store.
There is plenty of momentum behind that on every phone in each hand on the planet, to recognize how fast you could sell a device that would accelerate the interface between you and your phone. And it would also match the race you see between the Amazon Alexa products and Google Home products. Therefore, we will put it as a purchase.
John Mackey, CEO of Whole Food Market, AMZN subsidiary, is a member of the board of directors of The Motley Fool. Teresa Kersten, an employee from LinkedIn, MSFT subsidiary, is a member of the board of directors of The Motley Fool. Simon Erickson owns shares from AMZN, NFLX, Tesla, and Walt Disney. Motley Fool owns shares and is recommending AMZN, NFLX, Tesla, and Walt Disney. Motley Fool owns shares of MSFT. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.