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Google's new chatbot, Bard.


Hard Numbers: Meet Bard, grim new climate report, Colombia’s Toro ban, Uganda’s anti-LGBTQ law, IMF approves Sri Lankan relief

4: Bard has entered the conversation! Alphabet shares were up 4% at midday trading Tuesday after Google announced the release of Bard, its new AI technology. Google had previously been criticized for rushing to release the new chatbot tech to compete with Microsoft's OpenAI and its ChatGPT.
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World on fire, meet politics: A conversation with Andrew Revkin

World on fire, meet politics: A conversation with Andrew Revkin

On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released an extremely important, if grim, report on the state of climate science. You can watch my Quick Take on it below and on GZERO Media:

Today I’m joined by Andrew Revkin, director of the Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Climate School and fellow Bulletin writer. A journalist by trade, Andy has been covering climate change and sustainability issues longer than almost anyone else. We had a lively conversation over email. A (lightly edited) transcript follows.

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Two key dates before Inauguration Day; Biden's first moves
Two Key Dates Before Inauguration Day | Biden's First Moves | US Politics In :60 | GZERO Media

Two key dates before Inauguration Day; Biden's first moves

Get insights on the latest news in US politics from Jon Lieber, head of Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington:

With the transition of power formally beginning now, what can we expect between now and inauguration day?

Well, there's a couple of important deadlines between now and Inauguration Day. The first is the December 14th meeting of the Electoral College, which will make the state certifications official and will make Joe Biden officially president-elect in the eyes of the US government. Another really important date is going to be January 5th, which is when Georgia has its runoff for the two Senate seats that will determine majority control in the Senate. If the Republicans win one of those seats, they'll maintain their majority, although very slim. If the Democrats win both of the seats, they'll have a 50/50 Senate with Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote and slightly more ability to enact Joe Biden's agenda next year. Also, between now and Inauguration Day, we're going to see Joe Biden announce his cabinet and senior staff. Most of whom will probably get confirmed fairly easily early, earlier ... Excuse me, later in January or early in February. And of course, we're going to see what President Trump is going to do next. I think that it's still a little bit up in the air what his post-presidency plans are. He has yet to concede the election. So, anything is possible from him, including a lot of new executive orders that could try to box Biden in and limit his options when it comes to economic policy, foreign policy, and social policy.

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The secret origins of China's 40-year plan to end carbon emissions

November 23, 2020 12:10 PM

The secret drive for China's 2060 target took shape inside Tsinghua University.

Indonesia threatens to quit Paris climate deal over palm oil

March 27, 2019 7:35 PM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - A senior Indonesian minister warned on Wednesday (March 27) Southeast Asia's biggest economy could consider exiting the Paris climate deal if the European Union goes ahead with a plan to phase out palm oil in renewable transportation fuel.

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