Businesses Feel Unprepared For Potential Shutdown | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Businesses Feel Unprepared For Potential Shutdown

Play associated audio
The potential for a federal government shut down has businesses feeling concerned and unprepared.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/michael40001/982714019
The potential for a federal government shut down has businesses feeling concerned and unprepared.

Board of Trade President Jim Dinegar says a federal government shutdown would have tremendous negative implications for the region's businesses and overall economy.

The trade group conducted a survey of regional businesses and found that approximately 71 percent of respondents are concerned or very concerned about a federal government shutdown, and approximately 60 percent of respondents consider themselves unprepared for a shutdown.

Dinegar says the possibility of a shutdown is already affecting the business community through cancelled contracts and postponed events. He's urging companies to act now to prepare for a possible shutdown.

NPR

If Robots 'Speak,' Will We Listen? Novel Imagines A Future Changed By AI

As artificial intelligence alters human connection, Louisa Hall's characters wrestle with whether machines can truly feel. Some "feel they have to stand up for a robot's right to exist," Hall says.
NPR

Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.
NPR

A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

When the U.S. reopens its embassy in Havana, it will increase its staff. That should mean more help for American businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the Communist island.
NPR

In A Twist, Tech Companies Are Outsourcing Computer Work To ... Humans

A new trend is sweeping the tech world: hiring real people. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Wired reporter Julia Greenberg about why tech giants are learning to trust human instinct instead of algorithms.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.