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Top 10 game changers of 2023

Whether you win or lose, in politics it is still how you play the game that matters. This year, several global players not only played the game, but they changed it in significant and surprising ways. Join us as we revisit some of the most pivotal moments, figures, and trends of the year in geopolitics.

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North Pole Elves on strike!

When Santa's elves go on strike for better working conditions, St Nick unwraps an awful truth bomb for them.

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The world of AI in 2024

1. Powerful new models: Today’s AI systems still struggle with natural language, computer vision, and so-called hallucinations (read: they tend to make stuff up). But more potent AI models are coming soon. OpenAI is expected to release GPT-5, and Meta may soon unveil LLaMA 3, the latest version of its open-source model. We will also likely see improvements to the new Google model Gemini, which was recently added to its Bard chatbot.

2. Labor tensions: The acceleration of AI will continue to reshape industries, automating jobs and displacing workers. That will lead to widespread tension in various sectors of the economy. Union leaders could make AI the centerpiece of their strikes, and you might hear a lot of talk about “reskilling” workers on the lips of lawmakers heading into the 2024 election. This time it’s sure to work …
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2023: The Year of AI

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The Trends

1. Chatbot mania: OpenAI brought AI to the masses with ChatGPT. Though it debuted in late 2022, it truly hit its stride this year, especially when it started charging $20 a month in February for access to its latest and greatest version, which was then upgraded with GPT-4 in March. Google also released Bard, Microsoft launched Bing Chat, and the startup Anthropic introduced us to Claude. Each chatbot has its strength: While ChatGPT is strong on creative writing and inductive reasoning, Bing is best used as a replacement for internet search engines, and Bard’s latest upgrade – to its new language model Gemini – strives for commonsense reasoning and logic. Anthropic's Claude rivals ChatGPT for complex tasks like organizing huge chunks of text. For now, ChatGPT is top dog, but the younger pups are nipping at its heels.

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Hard Numbers: xAI's Musk money, Investing in Replicate, Undressing AI, AFL-CIO-Google?, NVIDIA’s big gamble

$1 billion: In a bid to compete with the likes of OpenAI, Google, and Microsoft, Elon Musk is trying to raise $1 billion in equity investment – he’s already raised $135 million from investors – for his AI company, xAI. While the world’s richest man has tweeted that the company “is not raising money right now,” a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission says otherwise.
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Seaway strike hits both sides of the border

A strike by 361 workers at the St. Lawrence Seaway is impeding trade in Canada and the United States. Workers from five Unifor locals are asking for better pay amid the affordability crisis and have cited recent wins by autoworkers as inspiration.

The walkout, which began Sunday, affects the Seaway system connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic, facilitating trade from provinces and states, including the Canadian prairies and US Midwest, as well as Ontario, Quebec, and northern states such as New York.

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An autoworkers strike in Canada

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Could the US autoworkers strike affect Canada?

Thousands of autoworkers from GM, Ford, and Stellantis are on strike in the United States, pushing for higher wages and greater job security. The coordinated strike at plants of the three largest automakers is unprecedented, and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has warned that it could extend strike action to more plants if the two sides don’t make “serious progress” by Friday.
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