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Talking "El Chapo" With Trafficker-Turned-Novelist Andrés López

The Colombian writer who once was part of the Norte del Valle cartel had a chance to interview the Mexican drug lord, but unlike Sean Penn, "refused to be a mouthpiece."

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Diego Erlan

BUENOS AIRES — Criminal associates used to call him "Florecita" (little flower), Andrés López López recalls. "I was the skinniest in the lab," the former drug trafficker from Colombia, now a resident of Miami, Florida, explains in a telephone interview with Clarín. "I'd ask people to help me lift crates and if I got my clothes dirty I would run off to change. You'd think I wouldn't care considering the business we were in."

Born in Cali in 1971, López began his criminal ways at age 15, when a friend, the brother of Orlando Henao Montoya, one of the heads of the Norte del Valle cartel, offered him work in a drug lab. He thought of his employers as "magicians" rather than mere traffickers because they could "create fortunes in the bat of an eye," he explains.

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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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