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WAR OF WORDS CONTINUES OVER CRIMEA
Western and Ukrainian leaders stepped up what is still just a war of words over Crimea, four days away from the referendum that could see the disputed region secede from Ukraine. The President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso said the G7 and the EU would urge Russia “to cease all efforts to annex” Crimea, Reuters reports.

  • Speaking to AFP, acting President Olexandr Turchynov called the planned referendum a "sham", before adding: "What they call the referendum will not happen in Crimea but in the offices of the Kremlin." He however said the Ukrainian army would not intervene in the southern region, as that would expose the country’s eastern border. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Turchynov also explains that the people of Ukraine had chosen “Western standards and reject this neo-Soviet imperialism.” His interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk is in Washington today, where we will meet with Barack Obama.

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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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