Must-Read Money Stories for Tuesday, January 31

by January 31, 2017
Sure, experts say there will still be jobs in a world of artificial intelligence. But those jobs may be very different from what you're used to (Flickr photo via Isriya Paireepairit, CC by NC-2.0.)

Sure, experts say there will still be jobs in a world of artificial intelligence. But those jobs may be very different from what you’re used to. (Flickr photo via Isriya Paireepairit, CC by NC-2.0.)

Open enrollment

Today is the final day for anyone who wants to sign up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. CNNMoney writes that the future of the Obama administration’s signature policy achievement is in doubt. But for now, those who want to sign up still can. CNNMoney says enrollments so far have been ahead of where they were last year.

Travel ban’s cost

The big news story of the day continues to be the fallout from the Trump administration’s travel ban for certain majority-Muslim nations. The Council on Foreign Relations took a look at the money angle by trying to calculate the economic cost of both the travel ban and the halt in the refugee program. According to CFR, these changes could cost the U.S. anywhere from 50,000 to 132,000 jobs.

Jobs of the future

The World Economic Forum gathered thoughts on the future of work from some of the world’s leading business leaders and economists. It’s a tough topic to address, since many of these people seem to believe most future jobs haven’t even been invented yet. The challenge then, is to prepare a workforce of people who can learn quickly and be flexible enough to adjust when the economy changes—as it inevitably does.

Battery farm

Tesla and Southern California Edison showed off a big joint project yesterday. The LA Times reports it’s the largest lithium-ion storage facility in the world. The idea is to use massive lithium-ion batteries manufactured by Tesla, spread them out across a 1.5 acre site and use the energy they store to power up to 2,500 homes per day.

IBM Watson Center Singapore” by flickr user Isriya Paireepairit, CC by-NC 2.0.