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How Two Middle-Aged Dads Invented Germany's Hottest Toy

Patric Fassbender​ and Marcus Stahl are struggling to keep up with demand for their 'Toniebox' devices, which are now set to break into the English-speaking market.

The Tonies, selling like German cupcakes
The Tonies, selling like German cupcakes
Steffen Fründt

DUSSELDORFBobo's Trip to the Playground. The Adventures of Dr. Brumm and his Goldfish. Liliane Susewind. The Little Owl ...

At the Media Markt in Hamburg-Nedderfeld, there are meters and meters of shelves filled with little figures with cute names and story titles. With Christmas around the corner, the consumer electronics store has devoted an entire aisle to this army of new childhood heroes and the playback devices that go with them.

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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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