Kris’ note: Please pay close attention to today’s Daily Cut.

We vacate the editor’s seat for the day to allow Nomi Prins to take our place.

Her subject is artificial intelligence.

It’s a subject and an industry that, after years of “false starts,” now appears to be on the verge of breaking through.

To the extent that she says just one segment of the new AI industry could be worth up to $1.3 trillion over the next 10 years.

There’s no doubt in our mind that the AI trend is here, and we’re still in the early stages of its adoption.

But don’t just take our word for it, we’ll let Nomi explain below. First, today’s market action…

Market Data

The S&P 500 closed up 0.4% to end the day at 4,622.41… the Nasdaq added 0.2% to close at 14,432.49.

In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil trades at $71.43, up 19 cents since this time yesterday…

Gold is $1,996.50 per troy ounce, down $22…

And bitcoin is $40,853, down $3,518 from yesterday.

Now, we hand over to Nomi Prins…

In 2014, I spent a hot summer in Abilene, Kansas researching my book, All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power.

For weeks, I dug through original documents at the Eisenhower Presidential Library.

That’s how I got a sense of who President Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower was – and why his vision resonates today.

It might surprise you to hear this, but without Eisenhower, we probably wouldn’t have the modern internet.

That’s because, in 1958, he formed something called the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA).

ARPA brought together some of the smartest people in America. And one of its projects was to build a large-scale computer network.

That network was called ARPANET. But it didn’t hit its stride until 1974.

Why? Because up until that point, computers on the ARPANET were basically all speaking different languages.

But in 1974, scientists figured out a way for computers to all “talk” to each other. And so, the internet was born.

However, it took another two decades for investors to get really rich on the internet trend. That’s when the dot-com bubble sent the NASDAQ soaring by nearly 500% in the 1990s.

And that’s why I’m telling you all this today. Because right now, we’re at a similar “wake up” moment for the next big tech megatrend.

And that megatrend is artificial intelligence (AI).

The concept of AI has been around for ages. In fact, my dad helped develop the building blocks for AI starting in the 1970s, when he worked at IBM.

Just like the internet, it’s taken decades for AI to hit the mainstream. But now, it’s happening.

And as we learned from the internet, the biggest gains are made by those who spot the trend at the right time – not too early, not too late.

That’s the profit window that’s opened today with AI. Let me explain…

More Than Just a Wall Street Buzzword

Yes, AI is a buzzword on Wall Street.

We’ve seen companies like NVIDIA soar 211% this year just because of their connection to this multitrillion-dollar trend.

But the government spending about to be unleashed will catapult even more AI-related companies.

The U.S. set aside $1.6 billion for AI in fiscal year 2023, according to Bloomberg Government data. And that number is expected to increase. 

Another Bloomberg AI report noted that the market for generative AI is set to explode. They’re talking about programs like Google’s Bard and OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

This market alone could be worth $1.3 trillion over the next 10 years. That’s up from just $40 billion in 2022 – a 3,150% increase.

These two trends show us that in the near-term, government spending on AI is set to boom…

And the private sector spending on AI is set to explode, with over $1 trillion in revenue over the next decade.

AI for the Future

I was in Washington just before the White House issued its new AI executive order. And the buzz around AI was already building in Congress.

During my closed-door meetings, I learned that AI and harnessing the power of self-learning is attracting both accelerated interest – and concern.

For some legislators, it means keeping up with China’s AI prowess. For others, national security for infrastructure, energy, and communications systems is key.

Several Congressional leaders from growing industrial and tech hub states, such as Illinois and Ohio, have business interests in utilizing AI to gain a corporate and competitive edge in their districts.

As the adage goes, “Politics is local.” AI is no longer just a couple of science fiction books selling stories. It is real and impacts Congressional members and their constituents.

Yes, AI has enormous upside and could help the economy – but only if the right systems are in place.

On both sides of the aisle, every leader and staffer I spoke with saw AI’s potential. As well as its rising impact as an area where cybersecurity matters are key.

As I learned from my meeting at Representative Robin Kelly’s (IL) office, AI is critical for the Internet of Things (IoT). It also comes into play for grid and energy efficiency.

Representative Joyce Beatty’s (OH) staffer noted AI will impact everything from computers to the agricultural sector.

And Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ (WA) staff underscored the need for AI, to protect national security data and large-scale infrastructure.

I mention these three Congressional offices because they represent a spectrum of regions, constituents, and local economies.

While all are very different, AI will impact each one in unique ways.

More AI Means More Power

It was also clear that Congress understands AI will only go as far as we can support it.

At the most basic level, that means having the electric power and infrastructure to support AI’s demands on the grid.

By 2027, AI tech servers could require 85-134 terawatt hours per year, on average. That’s about what Argentina, the Netherlands, and Sweden each use in a year. And it would be almost 0.5% of the world’s current electricity use.

That means AI will use as much energy as entire countries do today.

As an example, last year, data centers that power all computers used about 1-1.3% of the world’s electricity. That includes Amazon’s cloud and Google’s search engine.

So you can understand the massive demand that AI will be merging with.

AI will also be using the data and energy from those servers to complete its tasks. Think of it as a system that can only continue to enhance and self-learn when more and more inputs are given.

In other words, AI is only as good as the data it’s given.

Without the right energy transmitted to keep up with demands and the right data to feed into the system, AI is like a supercharged Ferrari with no fuel.

That’s why focusing not just on AI technology itself but on the cybersecurity systems in place and the energy that powers them is pivotal. Those two elements will be the keys to fast and how far AI will go.

Your Move

The sheer volume of data gathering and insights that AI could assemble is beyond anything governments or even the brightest science and technology minds have ever achieved.

Securing and protecting that information and its use will be crucial. So what does it mean for you?

We are at the second pitch of the first inning with AI. It’s just like the internet when it was first incubated in the 1950s by the government.

It will touch almost every part of the economy. And that means it will boost both established and more under-the-radar companies.

And now, everyone from Washington to Wall Street is starting to wake up to its potential.

In fact, we’re looking at what could be one of the most lucrative moneymaking trends we’ll see over the next 12 to 24 months.

That’s why tomorrow, December 12, at 8 p.m. ET, I’m holding an urgent market briefing called Wall Street and Washington’s Unfair AI Investment Advantage Exposed.

At the briefing, I’ll show you a sector primed for explosive growth. It’s part of a rising AI trend that’s being fast-tracked by the White House, the FDA, and Silicon Valley.

A year from now, everyone will be wishing they took action. I don’t want you to be left behind.

So, mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 12. And I’ll see you then.



Nomi Prins
Editor, Inside Wall Street With Nomi Prins

Unconnected Dots

Our main task at the Daily Cut is to try to “connect the dots.” That is, we help you figure out what events are about, what makes them important, what their consequences are, and what it all means for you.

But sometimes, we see the individual “dots,” but can’t yet figure out how they connect to anything. Maybe they never will connect to anything.

Regardless, if those unconnected dots feel as though they could be important, we’ll mention them here. And we’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

Today’s unconnected dots…

  • Speaking of AI, Bloomberg reports this:

    Wendy’s Co. is expanding its test of an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot that takes orders at the drive-thru.

    Franchisees will get the chance to test the product in 2024, the chain said Monday. The tool, powered by Google Cloud’s AI software, is currently active in four company-operated restaurants near Columbus, Ohio. More locations are slated to start using it soon.

    Wendy’s announced the pilot in May, joining the AI race as fast-food joints contended with elevated labor costs and the enduring popularity of drive-thrus. The chain said Monday the software could on average take 86% of orders without intervention from restaurant staff, just exceeding the 85% target outlined earlier this year.

    If you live in the Columbus, Ohio, area feel free to go and check it out for us. Based on our cursory research, one of the participating restaurants is the Wendy’s at 5571 Maxtown Road, Westerville:


    Source: Google Maps

    We’d love to hear about your experience with it.

  • And in other AI news, also from Bloomberg:

    Mistral AI, the Paris-based artificial intelligence startup, has raised €385 million ($415 million) that will go toward advancing its open-source software and creating a European rival to U.S. tech giants.

    The round was led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and initial backer Lightspeed Ventures, the company said in a statement on Monday. The round values the company at about $2 billion, Bloomberg has reported.

    The funding round marks a dramatic rise for the seven-month-old AI startup, which was founded by former scientists from Alphabet Inc.’s DeepMind and Meta Platforms Inc. who’d worked on large language models similar to those offered by OpenAI Inc.

    It makes sense the Europeans would want their own AI champion. After all, could they really expect a U.S. firm to stop the NSA from snooping around?

    Regardless, AI is a big opportunity, and that makes it a big investment opportunity. Go here to get your name down for Nomi’s special event on AI.

More Markets

Today’s top gaining ETFs…

  • First Trust Nasdaq Semiconductor ETF (FTXL) +3.7%

  • iShares Semiconductor ETF (SOXX) +3.4%

  • Invesco Semiconductors ETF (PSI) +3.2%

  • VanEck Semiconductor ETF (SMH) 2.4%

  • SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) +2.3%

Today’s biggest-losing ETFs…

  • Amplify Transformational Data Sharing ETF (BLOK) -4.7%

  • VanEck Indonesia Index ETF (GDX) -2.5%

  • Siren Nasdaq NexGen Economy ETF (BLCN) -2.5%

  • iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (TUR) -2.3%

  • iShares MSCI Chile ETF (ECH) -2.1%


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Kris Sayce
Editor, The Daily Cut