Hard Numbers

$13 trillion: Gains from artificial intelligence could add $13 trillion to global economic output by 2030, around 16 percent higher cumulative GDP compared to today, according to a new McKinsey Global Institute report. But those benefits may be spread unevenly, and the economic impact of AI could exacerbate divides between workers, companies, and governments.


28 billion: US carmakers invested more than $28 billion in the US state of Michigan between 2009 and 2018 – about $4 billion more than they invested in all of Mexico.

10: From 2018 to 2035, the ten fastest growing cities in the world will be in Africa, according to the UN. By 2040, the continent’s urban population is expected to double to 1 billion, creating massive opportunities for economic growth that could also create challenges for resource-strained local and national governments.

8: As a part of a nation-wide construction boom, the number of shopping malls in Turkey has risen 8-fold since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assumed office. Turkish shoppers now have 400 malls to choose from, up from just 50 in 2003 – although a crash in the value of Turkey’s currency means their lira aren’t going quite as far as they used to.

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