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Five Ways to Profit – By the Dawn's Early Light

During the wildly productive portion of his tenure as the head of the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS), then-CEO Michael Eisner had simple-but-elegant formula for success.

He was obsessive about controlling costs. He repeatedly urged his movie-development folks to focus on “singles and doubles” – instead of on home runs.

And he insisted that the best movie ideas – those with the greatest chances for success – would be so powerful that they could be summarized in two sentences or less…

  • Why Ford (NYSE: F) Wants to Put a Robot in Your Driver's Seat There is a cutting edge technology that could save the lives of up to 10 million people around the world over the next decade.

    If you drive a car, one of them might just be you.

    Car crashes kill about 1.2 million people worldwide each year. And let's face it, drivers are getting worse -- not better.

    Between texting, mobile e-mail and glitzy in-dash graphics, today's drivers are more distracted than ever.

    In fact, more than 90 percent of all auto accidents are caused by driver error.

    That's one of the reasons why Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) is taking the lead in producing robotic cars.

    In other words, it won't be long before you can put your car on "auto pilot."

    A Radical Change for Drivers

    Technically speaking, though, the robot wouldn't actually drive the car for you.

    Instead, the vehicle will be cram-packed with advanced sensors, computer chips, radar and software.

    Together, all these gadgets are designed to take over driving at critical times, such as when a driver wanders out of his lane.

    These autonomous features could also help combat the boredom many of today's drivers suffer in urban centers when they are stuck in traffic nearly an hour each day.

    That's not to say that today's cars are unsafe.

    Compared to vehicles from 20 years ago, today's feature-rich cars and trucks are practically like space capsules. A series of breakthroughs in design and materials have made cars safer and more sophisticated than ever before.

    And yet the roads really aren't that much safer.

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