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Generative AI: what is it good for?

Generative AI is the technology behind the wave of new online tools used by millions around the world. As the technology is ever more widely deployed, what are its current strengths and its weaknesses?

00:00 – What is generative AI?
00:46 – Breakthroughs and take-up of the technology
02:03 – Strengths
03:32 – Weaknesses

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Heatwaves: how hot can it get?

Heatwaves are becoming more frequent, more intense and more deadly. But what is a heatwave, why are they so dangerous and how are they affected by climate change?

00:00 – What are heatwaves?
01:40 – How do heatwaves form?
05:28 – How heatwaves kill
08:40 – How to prepare for heatwaves
10:17 – What is the impact of climate change?

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Can Kolkata’s street life survive India’s record-breaking heatwaves?

How to predict record-shattering weather events:

Cell block hot: how prisoners are facing rising temperatures:

Heatwaves and floods around the world may be a taste of years to come:

Heatwaves kill more Americans than

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Can Ron DeSantis beat Donald Trump?

After big wins in last year’s midterms, Ron DeSantis looked like Donald Trump’s main rival for the Republican presidential nomination. Since then, his popularity has fluctuated—can DeSantis still win?

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Why Florida is banning lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity:

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What’s the future of crypto?

The financial revolution once promised by cryptocurrencies has been knocked off course by regulators and allegations of fraud. So what does the future hold for crypto?

Cypherpunk stills and Eric Hughes interview under creative commons licence:

00:00 – The crypto party is over
01:06 – The history
03:30 – What is crypto?
04:38 – Uses around the world
06:07 – Layer 2 solutions
07:12 – Web3
08:51 – Data and privacy
10:04 – What is the future of crypto?

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Turkey 2023: will the economy decide the election?

For the first time in his 20-year term, President Erdogan faces a run-off in Turkey’s presidential election. Our Turkey correspondent, Piotr Zalewski, explains why the economy might be a deciding factor on voters’ minds.

00:00 – Turkey’s run-off elections
00:49 – High stakes
01:26 – Tactics
02:31 – The price of victory

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What is the debt ceiling?

As America’s government hits the debt ceiling, US politics has become a multi-trillion dollar game of chicken. If neither side backs down, America could default on its debts for the first time in history, sparking global economic turmoil. What is the debt ceiling, and how can this crisis be resolved?

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Republicans are right that federal budgeting is a joke:

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Hurricanes: the science behind the destruction

Hurricanes are among the most dangerous natural phenomena on earth, causing billions of dollars of damage and destroying lives every year. But what turns a peaceful patch of ocean into the planet’s most destructive force, and how is this process being affected by climate change?

00:00 – What are tropical cyclones?
00:46 – The history of tropical cyclones
02:06 – How do they form?
04:33 – What happens when they reach land?
07:13 – What is the impact of climate change?

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Is climate change making hurricanes worse?

Damage from climate change will be widespread and sometimes surprising:

Florida’s government subsidises people living in hurricane zones:

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The Coronation: King Charles’s finances unpacked

King Charles III is estimated to have around £600m in private wealth. In the lead-up to his coronation, The Economist explores where Britain’s royal family actually gets its money from.

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Behind the data: the secret to songwriting

With 25 Billboard Hot 100 number one hits to his name, Max Martin is effectively the king of pop music. We wanted to find the key to his success—with a little help from a lot of data.

00:00 – Behind the data
00:39 – Our dataset
01:53 – Was Max Martin right?
03:32 – Why intros are shorter now

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How to stop AI going rogue

Artificial intelligence is improving so fast that no one knows what it might be capable of. It brings huge opportunities, but also huge risks. Arjun Ramani, The Economist’s global business and economics correspondent, explains what could go wrong.

00:00 – How could AI go wrong?
01:12 – What are the risks?
03:11 – How to practise AI safety
04:42 – What are the benefits?

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Can an AI be an inventor?:

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Why are wars getting longer?

The outbreak of violence in Sudan isn’t an anomaly; the world’s civil wars are growing longer and deadlier. Robert Guest, The Economist’s deputy editor, explains why.

00:00 – Civil wars are getting longer
00:58 – Complexity
02:14 – Criminality
03:12 – Climate change
04:52 – The road to peace?

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How El Niño and La Niña cause extreme weather

El Niño and La Niña are opposite states of one of Earth’s most important climate processes, the El Niño Southern Oscillation, or ENSO. It can lead to devastating weather events all over the world. But how does it work, what kinds of extreme weather does it cause and how is global warming affecting it?

00:00 – What is ENSO’s neutral state?
03:15 – What is El Niño?
07:24 – What is La Niña?
10:36 – ENSO and climate change

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The weather system that influences the world:

Climate diplomacy will continue to be a challenge in 2023:

Why this Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be unusually stormy:

A world grain shortage puts tens of millions at

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Beyond Good Friday: the future of peace in Northern Ireland

Twenty five years ago the Good Friday Agreement brought peace to Northern Ireland. But while the treaty has saved thousands of lives, it has also resulted in a brittle and unstable government. Could this jeopardise the future of peace?

00:00 – The Good Friday Agreement then and now
02:49 – Northern Ireland’s history
03:56 – What did the Good Friday Agreement change?
05:41 – The impact of Brexit
07:07 – The legacy of violence
09:16 – Modern day sectarianism
12:16 – The trouble with power-sharing government

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Northern Ireland’s arts have blossomed. But divisions endure:

The new Brexit deal is the best

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Israel’s protests: why Bibi’s delay is an opportunity for Israel

Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has pressed pause on his power-grabbing judicial reforms. Now a strife-torn country has a chance to rethink.

#israel #israelprotest

00:00 – Israel is in chaos
00:34 – Democracy is working in Israel
01:52 – Israel’s constitutional question
03:35 – The depth of division might undermine this opportunity

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AI Chatbots: What they really mean for the future

With the arrival of generative AI chatbots, artificial intelligence no longer seems the preserve of science fiction. Now that the bots are talking back, what does it mean for the future of the internet—and our relationship with machines?

00:00 – Chatbots are changing the internet
01:02 – How do chatbots work?
03:40 – The problems with today’s chatbots
06:40 – The ELIZA effect
07:46 – Replika AI
09:55 – What might future chatbots be able to do?
11:47 – The drawbacks of chatbots

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How AI chatbots could change online search:

Investors are going nuts for ChatGPT-ish artificial intelligence:

The race of the AI labs

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Silicon Valley Bank: what really went wrong?

Since the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, American regulators have pulled out all the stops to protect depositors. But the scramble to ensure stability has exposed serious flaws in America’s banking architecture. What comes next?

00:00 – Silicon Valley Bank has collapsed
00:38 – What has happened?
02:07 – How have regulators reacted?
03:12 – What does this mean for banking?

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Is it worth having kids?

Fertility rates are falling across the rich world, as more and more people are weighing up whether to have children. Raising them can be stressful and cost a fortune, but they might bring you a lot of joy. So all things considered, on International Women’s Day, is it worth having kids?

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00:00 – Is it worth having kids?
00:36 – Do kids make parents happy?
03:12 – Why people used to have more children
04:11 – The expense of having kids
05:24 – Parental leave
08:03 – Childcare
09:42 – The “motherhood penalty”
13:45 – The macroeconomics of children

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The glory of grandparents:

The age of the

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America’s $2trn green boost, explained

America is spending trillions of dollars in an effort to make the country stronger, greener and richer. These are the three key things you need to know about the plan and its chances of success.

00:00 – A new green America
00:30 – Democrats are being ambitious
01:14 – Manufacturing will move to America
01:53 – Planning could be a stumbling block

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Putin’s hidden war: the Russians fighting back

The invasion of Ukraine left Russians with a stark choice: carry on as normal or make a stand against the war. But speaking out in Russia carries huge risks. How is the opposition managing to resist the regime – and at what personal cost?

00:00 – One year on
01:37 – The first wave of protests
05:43 – Crackdown on dissent
10:04 – Individual acts of rebellion
13:51 – Partial mobilisation
16:20 – Russia’s mass exodus
23:06 – The future of Russian rebellion

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Why Nigeria is crucial to democracy in Africa

Nigeria’s youth are fighting for a better, cleaner government. What can this political awakening tell us about the state of democracy across Africa?

00:00 – Why Nigeria matters
01:06 – Nigeria’s security crisis
03:42 – How corruption threatens Nigeria’s democracy
05:26 – How young Nigerians are driving change
11:31 – Youth protests across Africa

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Peter Obi on why he is running to be Nigeria’s president:

Can a political underdog save Nigeria?

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Peter Obi, a man who carries his own suitcases, could be Nigeria’s next

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Climate-change migrants: what can be done?

Climate change could force hundreds of millions to flee their homes in the coming years. What can countries do to prepare for this mass migration?

Film supported by @mishcondereya

00:00 – Climate migration is on the rise
01:06 – How Louisiana is relocating its flood-victims
03:55 – How ‘managed retreat’ can resolve climate impacts
05:15 – Global warming spells trouble for the developing world
06:30 – How should governments handle mass climate migration?
07:30 – Rising sea levels mean partial submersion for these islands
08:00 – Why the rich world should care about climate migration

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Climate change may lead to

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Climate change: what is ocean acidification?

As carbon emissions change the chemistry of the seas, ocean acidification threatens marine life and human livelihoods. How worried should you be about climate change’s so-called “evil twin”?

Film supported by @NipponFoundationPR

00:00 The other carbon problem
00:50 How does the ocean’s deepest point reveal its past?
02:55 Why are baby oysters dying?
04:08 Is the ocean acidic?
05:21 What is causing ocean acidification?
06:01 Why are corals dissolving? / Will deep sea ecosystems survive?
08:35 A threat to human livelihoods
10:42 What are the ‘potato chips of the sea’?
12:04 What is the solution?

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How does Alaska’s nature reveal our past and future?

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The universe’s biggest mystery

Dark matter and dark energy dominate our universe. They’re both highly mysterious, invisible and difficult to detect. So what are they, and how do we know they even exist?

00:00 – What is the universe made of?
01:53 – What is dark matter?
05:32 – What is dark energy?
08:54 – The future of the universe

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Did dark matter do in the dinosaurs?

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How to make poor areas richer

Many people in the rich world are feeling the pinch, particularly in its poorest regions. As the cost of living rises, how can such “left behind” areas be made richer?

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00:00 – How can rich countries address regional inequality?
01:10 – How did regional inequality emerge?
04:45 – How local politicians can help close economic gaps
06:20 – Why making poorer areas better off is a priority
07:30 – How this German city has changed its fortunes
09:15 – How Germany has championed regional development
11:18 – How Pittsburgh is using education to redefine its economy
15:13 – How Tulsa is becoming a haven for remote-workers
18:00 – Why regional inequality is a concern for all

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Energy crisis: what can 1973 teach us?

Alongside his invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has throttled gas supplies to Europe—but the world has seen energy used as a weapon before. What can the energy shock of 1973 tell us about today’s crisis?

00:00 – Energy wars
02:12 – Oil sanctions don’t work
06:59 – Energy security
11:05 – Alternatives to oil

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China after covid: How will the world economy react?

China’s re-opening of its borders is set to be one of the biggest economic events of 2023. It will have global implications for consumers, companies and policymakers

00:00: China reopens its borders
01:28: The impact of zero covid on China’s economy
01:50: Tourism is about to change
02:33: How commodity prices will change
03:27: The impact on foreign investment

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The World Ahead 2023: five stories to watch out for

What stories should you be following in 2023? From India becoming the world’s most populous country, to an illegal drug that might be approved as a medicine, The Economist offers its annual look at the year ahead.

00:00 – The World Ahead 2023
00:35 – India’s population potential
04:30 – Psychedelic medicines
08:06 – Japan’s markets mayhem?
12:45 – Repairing the world
15:50 – The coronation’s colonial concerns

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Has China reached the peak of its powers?

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