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Portrait Of French Unemployment, A View From The Ghetto

With French unemployment at record levels, times are tough for clients and workers of an unemployment agency in one of Marseille's poorest, most crime-ridden areas.

The number of unemployed rose by 5.7% in 2013 in France
The number of unemployed rose by 5.7% in 2013 in France
Jean-Baptiste Chastand

Like many other countries around the world, France has seen its unemployment figures grow steadily since the beginning of the financial crisis. President François Hollande had repeatedly pledged to “invert the curve” by the end of 2013, but the latest figures show that he has failed to do so, as the number of unemployed rose by 5.7% in 2013. Here's how joblessness looks from the inside.

MARSEILLE — The employment agency building is hard to find. Though located in the heart of the northern quarter, right next to one of Marseille’s toughest ghettos, you have to zigzag between countless warehouses to finally reach one of the country’s busiest employment agencies: the “Carré Gabriel,” which also happens to be located in one of the city’s poorest areas.

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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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