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Tahrir square where "the most filmed revolution in history" took place
Tahrir square where "the most filmed revolution in history" took place
Naira Antoun

CAIRO - Some of the most widely circulated images and clips in the past year and a half have been taken using smartphones, leading a well-known activist to write on Facebook in late November that: “An effective use of a smart phone can sometimes replace the need for a Kalashnikov.”

His comment came around the same time that the Beirut art space in Agouza screened “As You See,” a 1986 essay film by German filmmaker Harun Farocki. In the film, the narrator cites the Kalashnikov itself as an iconic symbol of the less powerful fighting larger powers.

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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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