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$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.

Khant Thaw Htoo is a young engineer who works in Eni's Sakura Tower office in the heart of Yangon. As an HSE engineer, he monitors the safety and environmental impact of onshore and offshore operations. He also looks out for his parents' well-being, in keeping with Myanmar's traditions.

Learn more about Khant in the final episode of the Faces of Eni series, which focuses on Eni's employees around the world.

Over the weekend, some 40,000 people in Moscow and thousands more across Russia braved subzero temperatures to turn out in the streets in support of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. More than 3,000 protesters were arrested, and Navalny called on his followers to prepare for more action in the coming weeks.

But just who is Alexei Navalny, and how significant is the threat that he may pose to Vladimir Putin's stranglehold on power in Russia?

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9.2 trillion: COVID vaccine hoarding by rich countries and uneven global access to the jabs will draw out the global recovery from the pandemic. In fact, it'll cost the world economy as much as $9.2 trillion, according to a new study by the International Chamber of Commerce.

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The United States has never been more divided, and it's safe to say that social media's role in our national discourse is a big part of the problem. But renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher doesn't see any easy fix. "I don't know how you fix the architecture of a building that is just purposely dangerous for everybody." Swisher joins Ian Bremmer to talk about how some of the richest companies on Earth, whose business models benefit from discord and division, can be compelled to see their better angels. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take (part 1):

Ian Bremmer here, happy Monday. And have your Quick Take to start off the week.

Maybe start off with Biden because now President Biden has had a week, almost a week, right? How was it? How's he doing? Well, for the first week, I would say pretty good. Not exceptional, but not bad, not bad. Normal. I know everyone's excited that there's normalcy. We will not be excited there's normalcy when crises start hitting and when life gets harder and we are still in the middle of a horrible pandemic and he has to respond to it. But for the first week, it was okay.

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