The world’s most valuable retailer, Alibaba, carries no stock.
The world’s largest taxi company, Uber, owns no cars.
The world’s most popular media conglomerate, Facebook, creates no content.
The world’s largest accommodation provider, Airbnb, owns no property.
The creation of intangible value through internet assets has been a popular trend in modern history. In the past this has led to disastrous vicious-cycles, (similar to positive-feedback-loops), that can cause an economic system to descend into chaos.
Speculation on the value of internet assets was what caused the .com bubble of 2000 to inflate - burst. The bubble that popped in 2000 was an asset price bubble that resulted from the explosive stock market growth as the internet emerged. Another period of rapid tech development is almost upon us; in the future it will be referred to as the Machine Learning, AI, and/or Quantum Computing revolution.
Having said that there's the possibility of enormous technological growth in the near future, I'm not saying it will happen tomorrow. The United States could very well end up in another recession if the economy doesn't react well to the unprecedented treatment it's received from the Federal Reserve, ZIRP, etc.
Irrespective of the domestic/global economic landscape, technological progress is inevitable. As time passes the electronics humans use worldwide will only get smarter, faster, and more advanced.
Technological progress sees no regression.
(unless you work at Apple... Iphone 6s > Iphone 7)
Quantum Computer - A computer that stores information in the quantum states of subatomic particles.
Quantum Computing by the Year
2005: 1st Qubit Developed
2007: 28 Qubit Computer, Model of Quantum Transistor Developed
2009: First Electronic Quantum Rrocessor
2011: D-Wave Systems Introduces the World's First Commercially Available Quantum Computer
2013: Breakthrough in Quantum Computer Storage
2015: First 1000 Qubit Computer
Wikipedia - Timeline of Quantum Computing
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