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May 24, 2023

People are saying that artificial intelligence will destroy jobs and enslave humans. We’ve heard this many times before. Before artificial intelligence, people said it about computers. Before computers, they said it about machines. Not only were people wrong before, they were spectacularly wrong. They’re likely...

May 17, 2023

Episode 327: To Vote or Not To Vote

This week’s episode comes live from Sandy High School in Sandy Oregon where James and I give arguments for and against voting.

Foolishness of the week: 07:56
Main episode: 08:37

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May 10, 2023

We hear that women make 80 cents for every dollar that men make, and that blacks earn less than whites. This week, we delve into the data and find these claims far more complicated and interesting than they first appear.

Foolishness of the week: 02:50
Main episode: 03:25

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May 3, 2023

One of the things that cryptocurrency has done is to prompt central banks to develop their own digital currencies. These will combine the downsides of private digital currencies with the downsides of government currencies.

Foolishness of the week: 08:21
Main episode: 09:58

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Apr 26, 2023

The question, “How much do Americans earn?” seems simple. But there are so many moving parts below the surface that there is no single answer. For example, by “earn” do we mean “money from a job” or are we including interest income. What about Social Security retirement benefits? What about government...