Apr 3, 2017

04/03/17: What’s really taking away American jobs?

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President Trump says he wants to bring back jobs from overseas, but one of the big threats to the American worker might actually be technology. We're exploring the issue in our new series "Robot-Proof Jobs." We'll kick off our coverage by chatting with Martin Ford, a futurist and author, who explains the effects that tech will have on the labor force. Afterwards, we'll look at forecasts that predict a bump in auto sales, a trend that may have to do with a rise in subprime lending. And finally, we'll talk about McDonald's plan to compete against other fast-food chains by using fresh beef instead of frozen patties in its Quarter Pounder.

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The coming age of robo-everything

Apr 3, 2017
How will robots change our economy? One futurist argues it'll be as transformational as electricity.
"Technology is probably the most important force already, and that's going to become even more true in the future," says author Martin Ford.
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McDonald’s beefs things up with fresh meat for Quarter Pounders

Apr 3, 2017
McDonald’s is trying to give its Quarter Pounder some juice by using fresh beef instead of frozen patties. The move will help the burger giant better compete with the likes of Wendy’s and Shake Shack, which use fresh beef. The burgers will cook faster, but the meat goes bad faster, too. McDonald’s franchise owners risk losing […]

Air miles sales increasingly bolster carriers’ profits

Apr 3, 2017
Flying can be a hassle nowadays, but when you pay for your flight with air miles, maybe that takes some of the sting out of it. It’s a sweet deal for the airlines too — some carriers could soon start to make more profit from selling air miles than from selling regular tickets.  Click the […]

Blast on Russia's St. Petersburg subway kills 10, injures 50

Apr 3, 2017
President Vladimir Putin said investigators are looking into whether the explosion was a terror attack.
Emergency services personnel walk at the entrance to Technological Institute metro station in Saint Petersburg on Monday.
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04/03/17: When you lose Apple as a customer

Apr 3, 2017
Some big companies are boycotting YouTube after too many of their ads appeared to be sponsoring offensive content. Why can't the algorithms get it right? Brian Wieser, a senior analyst for Pivotal Research, explains how subjective the process can be. Afterwards, we'll look at the decline in taxi ridership — and the value of taxi medallions. And finally, we'll discuss Apple's decision to cut ties with Imagination Technologies, the firm that gives the company its microchip technology.

President Trump says he wants to bring back jobs from overseas, but one of the big threats to the American worker might actually be technology. We’re exploring the issue in our new series “Robot-Proof Jobs.” We’ll kick off our coverage by chatting with Martin Ford, a futurist and author, who explains the effects that tech will have on the labor force. Afterwards, we’ll look at forecasts that predict a bump in auto sales, a trend that may have to do with a rise in subprime lending. And finally, we’ll talk about McDonald’s plan to compete against other fast-food chains by using fresh beef instead of frozen patties in its Quarter Pounder.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC