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Chile, South America's Shining Model Now Covered In Sleaze

Chile used to pride itself as a South American answer to Germany, known for business and public integrity. Now a string of scandals have broken the public trust.

Santiago cityscape
Santiago cityscape
Carlos Escaffi

-OpEd-

SANTIAGO — I remember a time in Chile when we were proud of the place of public life in our society: the separation of powers, public confidence in the administrative models established by our politicians. We also had faith in each other. A person's word had tremendous value. A deal was a deal. It would be honored.

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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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