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The Shame And Carnage Of Geneva's Front-Line Bankers

The past few years have seen Switzerland forced to reveal secret banking details to national authorities. That means a brutal job for the bankers of Geneva

Man in front of a UBS bank in Zurich
Man in front of a UBS bank in Zurich
Mathilde Farine

GENEVA — Adrien sees himself as a survivor, even referring to the miracle of his survival. Like dozens of others, this Geneva banker used to manage the money of clients from neighboring countries, including France, at one of the Swiss city's big local banks. That was before his transformation into a merciless “cleaner” of undeclared portfolios.

Everything started around three years ago. One after the other, the banks realized they’d have to push their clients into declaring their accounts with the tax authorities in their home country. If they didn’t, these Swiss banks could face trouble with the foreign authorities.

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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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