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Who controls the future of AI?

Who controls the future of AI?

Mar 6, 2019
If we let AI keep developing on its current course,  author Amy Webb says we probably won't like where it takes us. Plus: Why "birth tourism" is booming, and a look inside the Fed's latest Beige Book.
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The Big Book

An artificial intelligence battle is coming between the U.S. and China

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Mar 6, 2019
And sooner than you think, futurist Amy Webb says.
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The Beige Book, illustrated: worker shortages, immigration woes and tariff chaos

by Jana Kasperkevic and Rose Conlon Mar 6, 2019
The collection of anecdotes lets us in on interesting economic realities.
Rose Conlon/Marketplace

Why Trump didn't shrink the trade deficit in 2018

by Tracey Samuelson Mar 7, 2019
Americans imported a record number of goods last year, according to new data from the Commerce Department released Wednesday. U.S. service exports also hit a record high. The net effect was the largest trade deficit since 2008 — $621 billion, up…
President Donald Trump's administration is said to be considering changes to the way the trade deficit is calculated.
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FDA approves new Johnson & Johnson drug for depression

by Renata Sago Mar 6, 2019
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first new kind of drug to treat depression since Prozac hit the scene in the late 1980s. Spravato is a nasal spray from Johnson & Johnson that’s a close cousin of ketamine, an…
Janssen Pharmaceutica

Why Chinese parents come to America to give birth

by Jennifer Pak Mar 6, 2019
Every year, thousands travel to ensure U.S. citizenship for their babies, experts say. Here are two of their stories.
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Family Dollar shutters stores in reorganization

by Kimberly Adams Mar 7, 2019
400 stores will close.
 A woman walks by a Family Dollar store on December 11, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. As the income gap between rich and poor continues to grow, dollar and 99 cent stores have become increasingly popular in both urban and rural America. Dollar General, one of several discount retail chains, has become one of the fastest growing retailers in the U.S. According to the Institute for Local Self Reliance, there are now over 30,000 dollar stores in the U.S., up from around 18,000 a decade ago. Dollar General and Dollar Tree alone are expected to have 50k stores in the next few years.
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Music from the episode

Un Universo Para Los Dos Oktoberklubben
Stella Here We Go Magic

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Assistant Producer