Cover of MoneyWeek magazine issue no 715

Faster and faster... – The frenzied pace of the high-tech revolution

30 October 2014 / Issue 715

We live in a golden age of unprecedented technological change. Smart investors should get in early, says Jim Mellon. Read this week's cover story here.

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Merryn Somerset WebbEDITOR'S LETTER

Merryn Somerset Webb

Invest for a high-tech future

In our cover story, Jim Mellon writes about the contents of his new book Fast Forward: the Technologies and Companies Shaping our Future. I want you to read what he writes and then I want you to go and pre-order his book.*

Then when it arrives, I want you to read it cover to cover. That’s partially because it is full of important information for investors and fabulously useful suggestions for stocks and funds that could make us all rich (or in the cases of many of you, richer) over the next decade.

But it is also because it is the first book, I have seen in the last decade that takes all the new technologies out there in everything from robotics to the ‘internet of things’ to the casual delivery of goods to space stations, cryto-currencies and Google glasses, and explains how they work. It also explains how they affect our lives now and in the future, and how we can prepare to embrace them.

Did you know that there is now a cure for Hepatitis C? That there is a potential cure for Aids (one of the companies mentioned is almost there)? That a vaccine for some cancers is a distinct possibility and that diabetics can now get special boots to cure the ulcers that have led to so many amputations in the past?

But life science isn’t the only sector producing what would have seemed to be miracles only a few years ago…

• Read the full editor’s letter here: Invest for a high-tech future