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Radical Approach? German Firm Built On 'Equal Pay, Equal Say' For All Workers

CPP Studios, a German media group, has no union. It doesn’t need one. Except for its two general managers, CPP’s employees all earn the same amount. They also have equal say in hiring and other management decisions.

CPP Studios, a German media group based in Offenbach
CPP Studios, a German media group based in Offenbach
Sibylle Haas

OFFENBACH -- This is what salary negotiations look like at CPP Studios, a media group in Offenbach, Germany. At year's end, the whole company gathers and decides together what they're going to do with profits. How much will be invested, how much will be put back into the company, and how much employees will be earning in the year to come. Bonuses are handled the same way, as are salary cuts if business is not going well. All 32 of the people working at CPP, including the two bosses, have one vote each. Decisions are made by majority vote.

And the system works – because everybody at CPP earns exactly the same amount, whether they're 50 or 25, whatever job they do. Only the two general managers – Gernot Pflüger, 46, and Thomas Lutz, 49 – earn more because they bear the financial risk.

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Robot Artists And Us: Who Decides The Aesthetics Of AI?

Ai-Da is touted as the first bonafide robot artist. But should we consider her paintings and poetry original or creative? Is this even art at all?

Ai-Da at work

Leah Henrickson and Simone Natale

Ai-Da sits behind a desk, paintbrush in hand. She looks up at the person posing for her, and then back down as she dabs another blob of paint onto the canvas. A lifelike portrait is taking shape. If you didn’t know a robot produced it, this portrait could pass as the work of a human artist.

Ai-Da is touted as the “first robot to paint like an artist”, and an exhibition of her work called Leaping into the Metaverse opened at the Venice Biennale.

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