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Current Events by Year, 2010–present

Based on the clues, guess these things that happened in each year.
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Last updated: December 4, 2023
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2023
Company that released GPT-4
OpenAI
2022
Country invaded by Russia
Ukraine
2021
Highly contagious, but less deadly, Covid variant which swept the world and
eventually led to the end of the pandemic
Omicron
2020
City where the first major Covid-19 outbreak began
Wuhan
2019
City where up to 1 million people protested against the Chinese government
Hong Kong
2018
Place where liquid water was discovered
Mars
2017
Region whose parliament declared independence from Spain
Catalonia
2016
Controversial celebrity elected President of the U.S.
Donald Trump
2015
Climate change accord signed by 195 countries
Paris Agreement
2014
Peninsula annexed by Russia
Crimea
2013
New pope who was elected – the first from the Americas
Francis
2012
Monarch who celebrated her diamond jubilee
Queen Elizabeth II
2011
Series of protests which rocked the Middle East
The Arab Spring
2010
City where Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, opened
Dubai
21 Comments
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Level 81
Dec 5, 2023
Nice quiz - these were recent enough to remember
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Level 63
Dec 5, 2023
As a Hong Konger, I just wanna say there were 2 million at a point on the streets
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Level 79
Dec 15, 2023
The pandemic's over? Also who the f is the guy in the thumbnail
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Level 70
Dec 17, 2023
The CEO of NVIDIA, Jensen Huang. The leather jacket is kinda his thing. During the pandemic, his keynote speech to investors was essentially a "deep fake" to show off what their tech could do.

NVIDIA has a market cap of more than $1T, is a major player in the hardware that enables AI to work, and is seen as so vital that it's become a serious topic of national security.

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Level 55
Dec 19, 2023
yes the pandemic is over
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Level 79
Dec 20, 2023
Wow thanks that's the helpful response I was looking for
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Level 68
Dec 19, 2023
I'm pretty sure liquid water was discovered in my basement at some point.
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Level 63
Dec 19, 2023
That was my first thought too! Well, not your basement, obviously, but my house.
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Level 22
Dec 19, 2023
The COVID outbreak in Wuhan started in 2019.
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Level 73
Dec 19, 2023
The quiz won't accept either Skynet or Cyberdyne Systems as the answer to the 2023 question.
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Level 38
Dec 19, 2023
im shocked that so little people got openAI and so many people got that crimea question, great quiz
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Level 66
Dec 19, 2023
I think it's because the annexation of Crimea was a major event that shed a light on or relit east-west tensions and featured on the front page of most news outlets. OpenAI releasing GPT is just a company releasing a product/service that happens to be very popular, but people who are not that interested in technology wouldn't know about (or have heard of GPT but not OpenAI).
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Level 74
Dec 19, 2023
It's just ignorance of the news. OpenAI/Sam Altman/ChatGPT have been covered in front page articles in my newspaper on a nearly-weekly basis for months.
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Level 66
Dec 19, 2023
Most people, also the ones not interested, will have heard of GPT of course (front page or not), but I think it's too niche a question for a lot of people, hence why only 61% got the answer. I think this percentage would be higher if it was a similar question but (Chat)GPT was the answer.

I agree it's ignorance of the news, but only by people who are not interested in the subject. Don't get me wrong, I think the release of GPT is absolutely newsworthy because of it's potential impact on society and the interest in the service by certain goups of people, but there is a lot of people that don't really care about it and won't read all, if any, of the articles.

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Level 69
Dec 19, 2023
It's also recency bias. Nobody has a clue if OpenAI or ChatGPT will in any way still be relevant in ten years. Let's come back and see how many people remember it by then!
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Level 74
Dec 19, 2023
I disagree. Even if ChatGPT itself is not relevant in 10 years, it is absolutely a major part of a paradigm-shifting development. Look at how much technology has developed in the past 10 or 15 years. Mobile phones and computers available to the public are tremendously cheaper, better, and more powerful and processing power and internet service have become far more available worldwide. The next 10 or 15 years will continue rapid development that changes the way humans live, and ChatGPT is a ready example of the very beginning of what those changes will look like.
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Level 68
Dec 19, 2023
Sure, but how many people are going to bother considering the many Palm Pilot competitors, smart phone competitors, web browser, search engine, etc.

Probably a similar argument for "how can you not be familiar with XYZ electric car, it is so cool". Wait til the cream rises and then get caught up.

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Level 69
Dec 21, 2023
You're not actually disagreeing. IA is absolutely very important, but it's been around before ChatGPT, and will be around after it. Whether or not ChatGPT will be considered by historians or indeed by ourselves in five or ten years, as an important step in the development of AI remains to be seen.
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Level 79
Dec 19, 2023
That was the only one I missed 🤦‍♂️
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Level 69
Dec 20, 2023
The guy in the picture is Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia. I know they profit from ChatGPT but wouldn't a picture of Sam Altman CEO of OpenAI be more appropiate? Unless they manage to fire him again that is...
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Level 65
Jun 6, 2024
You can't win friends with salad.