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Breaking The Congo's Cycle Of Inherited Jobs

How would you like it if in your company, deceased employees were automatically replaced by family members, even if they didn't have the training?

Workers in Congo (Julien Harneis)
Workers in Congo (Julien Harneis)

GOMA - In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), deceased employees are often replaced by family members, even when they have no training. This common practice - in private and state-owned companies alike - promotes incompetence and exasperates skilled job seekers.

"Everybody, that means young, old and women, must work," exhorted Tchernozen Kambale, president of the National worker's union of Congo for International worker's day on May 1. Unfortunately, it is not that easy to find employment in the DRC. "I recently applied for a job at state-owned company looking for a sanitary worker, a field I studied at university. But the person they hired inherited the job from his father, even though he had studied history at university" says Emanuel Nimba.

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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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