What Google Trends Tells Us About Ourselves is No Lie

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2023 has come to an end, and Google Trends is reporting the most popular Google searches for the year. Google Trends shows the top searches by category, and reveals what people in any country, state or city want to know, find, eat, watch, or buy. And if interpreted correctly, Google searches can give more timely … Read more

What Happened in December 2023?

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December 2023’s biggest news includes tech layoffs post-COVID hiring spree, with Spotify, Meta, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google’s Alphabet cutting thousands of jobs. Wastewater analysis indicates rising COVID-19 JN.1 variant infections, but current vaccines offer protection. Words like “rizz,” “authentic,” and “AI” dominate the year’s lexicon, while US school shootings see a significant uptick. Dive into the full details and implications of these stories in the complete article.

AI and LLM News from December 2023

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In December 2023 AI news, Israel utilizes “The Gospel” AI for selecting bombing targets in Gaza, the New York Times sues OpenAI and Microsoft over copyrights, while job displacement due to AI looms large, particularly for bank tellers and clerical roles. KISS may continue to tour using AI avatars, Microsoft enhances Copilot with GPT-4, and Google introduces Gemini AI. Despite safety issues, Tesla faces no safeguards against unsuitable Autopilot use. The EU passes pioneering laws regulating AI, focusing on safety, transparency, and fairness.

What Happened in November 2023?

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The Biggest News in November, 2023 In November 2023 the Texas Rangers won the “world” series, Elon Musk nailed Twitter’s coffin, Israel flooded Hamas tunnels in Gaza, Russia’s war in Ukraine stalled as US and EU support waned, a new Speaker of the House was elected, and AI capabilities advanced as Americans traveled for Thanksgiving … Read more

The World of Baseball vs the “World” Champion Texas Rangers

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While only North America is represented in Major League Baseball (MLB), baseball is popular in many other countries. This article puts the world of baseball in perspective and compares the talent, the competitiveness, and the money earned by players in Major League Baseball teams versus teams in other countries. The Texas Rangers are Baseball “World” … Read more

What Happened In October 2023?

October news

In October 2023, tensions escalated as Hamas attacked Israel, leading to severe retaliation. The U.S. saw political upheaval with a far-right Speaker elected after McCarthy’s ousting. Popularity soared for Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift, while Joran van der Sloot’s confession and Tupac’s case saw major developments. The UAW ended a massive strike, and healthcare workers at Kaiser Permanente initiated one. Advances in AI deepfakes and the ongoing Russian-Ukraine conflict were notable, with U.S. support wavering and Ukraine receiving Abrams tanks. STI crises and a new COVID-19 vaccine marked healthcare news. U.S. culture wars intensified with McCarthy’s removal and Mike Johnson’s election as Speaker. A federal judge overturned California’s assault weapons ban, climate catastrophes struck globally, and surprise Hurricane Otis hit Acapulco.

Revelations of Testimony in the Google Antitrust Trial

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The antitrust trial against Google is the most significant in decades. The government’s case centers on its exclusive deals with smartphone makes and carriers to make it the default search engine. Google’s CEO defended these partnerships, especially with Apple, as integral to their success. Despite options, Google dominates Internet searches and digital advertising, which accounts for 80% of Google’s revenue. The outcome of the trial could force profound changes in search engine choice, advertising, and potentially lead to Google’s breakup.

AI and LLM News from October, 2023

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October 2023 AI and LLM news covers deepfake exploitation of celebrities and public figures, the issue of AI-generated child sexual abuse imagery, and AI advancements in China and the U.S. AI is replacing call center jobs globally, affecting economies like India and the Philippines. Stack Overflow faces layoffs due to ChatGPT’s coding capabilities. AI regulations are influenced by billionaire-funded positions. Improvements are noted in Bard and ChatGPT, while Google’s SGE now offers generative features. President Biden issues a comprehensive AI executive order.

Hamas Launches Surprise Attacks Against Israel from Gaza on October 7

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1,400 Hamas Fighters Cross the Border and Terrorize Israel as Rockets Fly In a stunning failure of Israeli intelligence, one thousand Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants stormed into southern Israel on foot, by motorcycle, boats, and even paragliders, killing 1,400 and taking more than 200 hostages. Hamas drones bombed guard towers along the Gaza border … Read more