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The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 22

Despite the focus on generative AI, between 20% and 30% of the online population have not heard of any of the most popular AI tools, a survey across six countries shows. Just 5% say that they have used generative AI to get the latest news. The survey was made by Reuters Institute in Argentina, Denmark, France, Japan, the UK, and the USA.

The US presidential election in November is of global importance but news fatigue is already a problem. 62% of US adults say they are worn out by so much coverage of the campaign and candidates, a survey by Pew Research Centre shows. 35% say they like seeing a lot of this coverage. 

Women are more exposed to generative AI than men. Generative AI affects professional roles and sectors where women are more represented, four researchers at non-profit Swedish Research Institute of Industrial Economics write in a report. Finance and Research, ICT, Media, Legal and Financial Consulting are the industries most affected by generative AI.

European films accounted for more than a quarter of tickets sold (26.4%) in 2023, while the market share of American titles achieved a new high of 70.1%. Film production in Europe reached 2 347 titles, second-highest figure after 2019. Barbie, The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Oppenheimer attracted most viewers. Astérix & Obélix: L’Empire du Milieu was the most successful European film of the year, European Audiovisual Observatory’s report on film  trends shows. 

Women make up only 19.4% of the top 1% of earners in financial and professional services – meaning men are more than four times as likely as women to be among those with very high incomes. This figure has worsened slightly since before the pandemic when it was 19.7%, a report from London School of Economics shows.


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