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Monaco's Secrets: Prince Albert’s Wedding Cracks Open Super-Rich City-State

It’s the second smallest state in the world, stomping ground for millionaires and eccentrics, and host to Prince Albert’s royal wedding this weekend. But there’s more to Monaco, from the snubbing of the nouveaux riches to mingling at the local fruit marke

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Céline Lauer

MONTE CARLO - You run into Charlene and Albert all the time here. Take last Sunday night shortly before nine, at the bus stop on Place d'Armes, not far from the Royal Castle. Suddenly, around the corner comes a motorcycle cop and a sedan accompanying a dark blue limo (license plate MC01). Sitting in the back of the limousine are a man with glasses and a blond woman. The vehicles are heading in the direction of Monte Carlo, speeding by so fast that delighted tourists don't have time to capture the moment on film.

Locals either take in the princely convoy with a friendly nod, commenting aloud "Ah voilà le prince!" or continue, unfazed, to study the bus timetable. Seeing the prince is no big deal, after all, it happens often enough. Welcome to Monaco.

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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?

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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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