Aug 20, 2019

Teaching artificial intelligence the nuance of language

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Also: a look into gold and its economic staying power.

Stories From this episode

Navigating the “Wild West” of streaming services

With Apple and Disney tossing their hats into the streaming ring, how many services will consumers subscribe to before they reach breaking point?
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Hunting for the holy grail of digital language translation

Aug 20, 2019
Machines still have a devil of a time figuring out all the nuance and context of human speech and the written word.
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Two presidents, a similar economy

Aug 20, 2019
Washington Post correspondent Heather Long compiled a series of charts comparing the Trump and Obama presidencies.
A container ship unloads cargo from Asia at the Port of Long Beach in California. U.S. business leaders are concerned about the trade war.
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Can consumer spending “save” the economy?

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In which we discuss 17-year-old washing machines.
Shoppers carry bags on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
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Home Depot blames lumber prices for drop in sales

Aug 20, 2019
The company says that a better price for lumber is better for business.
A customer's lumber sits on a cart at a Home Depot store on in 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The company cited lumber price deflation as a reason it trimmed its outlook for 2019.
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Music from the episode

Fishtail Parker Nightmares On Wax
Panama City The Quantic Soul Orchestra
Forest Funk The Polish Ambassador
My Dearest Friend Manatee Commune

The team

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

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