May 4, 2021

When billionaires divorce, it can alter philanthropy

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Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage. What does that mean for the next phase of their philanthropic pursuits? Plus, consumer spending and consumer saving during a time of increasing demand and supply shortages. And, the intensive human labor that goes into artificial intelligence.

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More people are ready to spend, but strained supply chains might mean they have to sit tight and save

That's according to Drew Matus, chief market strategist at MetLife Investment Management. "There are shortages and they seem to be spreading, and it raises the question of, you know, you might have a lot of money, but if you can't find anything to buy, what's it worth?" Matus said. He said that people who are saving their COVID relief payments from the federal government can maintain a sort of safety net while feeling more comfortable about spending their income.

The human labor behind artificial intelligence

May 4, 2021
Behind every artificial intelligence project is lot of intensive human labor. Marketplace speaks to data labelers in central China.
Data labeling firms like this one in Henan province are the new factory floor of the digital age.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

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The team

Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Jay Siebold Engineer
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director