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From Chinese factories to America's white-collar middle class, robots may soon be replacing more and more people. We look at what the future might hold as machines get smarter than we are.

Also, after 54 years, the United States opens its embassy in Havana. On today's Talking Point,  will Ultimate Frisbee make the Olympic Games?

Photo: Steve Jurvetson

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Paul von Zielbauer
Sarah Sweeney

After 54 Years, the United States Opens Its Embassy in Havana 6 MIN, 30 SEC

For the first time since 1961, the Stars and Stripes are flying over the US embassy in Havana. Secretary of State John Kerry praised President Obama and President Castro for making “a courageous decision to stop being the prisoners of history and to focus on the opportunities of today and tomorrow.”

Eric Olson is associated director for the Latin American program at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

Guests:
Eric Olson, Wilson Center (@eric_latam)

More:
Marco Rubio on restoring US-Cuban relations
Fidel Castro on Cuba being owed compensation by the US

The Robots Are Coming. Is Your Job Safe? 34 MIN, 33 SEC

China has become the world's second-largest economy by manufacturing products faster and more cheaply than other countries. Now, China's massive factory workforce is being replaced by robots, and many people may be left behind. In the US and other developed countries, fast-food workers, office staffs and sales personnel also may soon be shouldered aside. And robots are teaching classes, researching legal cases — even writing news stories — without demanding vacations or time off. As robots become more creative, will guaranteed incomes be needed to sustain an unemployed middle class?

Guests:
Timothy Aeppel, journalist (@TimAeppel)
Martin Ford, Silicon Valley entrepreneur (@MFordFuture)
Hal Sirkin, Boston Consulting Group (@bcg)
Jerry Kaplan, Stanford University (@Jerry_Kaplan )

More:
Aeppel on China's hunger for robotics
Kaplan's 'Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence'
Ford on China's troubling robot revolution
Sirkin on robots and the next Industrial Revolution
Matt Miller's conversation with Ford, Erik Brynjolfsson on robots

Rise of the Robots

Martin Ford

Will the Olympics Launch Ultimate Frisbee into the Mainstream? 8 MIN, 44 SEC

Do the Olympic Games have more to gain from Ultimate Frisbee than Ultimate Frisbee does by becoming an Olympic event? The International Olympic Committee has officially recognized what's called the World Flying Disc Federation.


Photo: Toby Green

Jody Avirgan is a long time player, coach of several international teams and podcast host for ESPN's FiveThirtyEight.

Guests:
Jody Avirgan, FiveThirtyEight (@jodyavirgan)

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