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Disgraced Former German Defense Minister Is "Distinguished Statesman" In US

Two years after a plagiary scandal turned him into a pariah in his own country, Karl-Theodor Guttenberg is thriving in the United States. A profile in contradictions.

Germany's former Minister of Defense Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
Germany's former Minister of Defense Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
Ansgar Graw

WASHINGTON - When he walks into the room, I have to double-check: is that really him? Yes, it really is Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, 41, the former German Minister of Defense. He is just about to participate in a discussion about military strategists at the prestigious Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C.

Guttenberg changed his look well over a year ago, and no longer uses hair gel or wears rimless glasses. Otherwise the man who was once a rising star on the German political scene hasn’t changed much, except perhaps for putting on a few pounds. And he’s got one arm in a black sling. “Skiing accident,” he says – the arm had been operated on a few days earlier in New York. His body language is relaxed, elegant jacket thrown casually over his shoulder, and he’s tieless, but his face shows traces of tension.

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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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