It might still be a while before we have a true robot Picasso, but _Mechanical Parts, _a project by artist Matthias Dörfelt, shows we’re at least on par with high school doodlers. Dörfelt created a Roomba-like robot, programmed it with a semi-random algorithm, then let it run loose on squares of paper. This is what he got:

Robo Faber’s Work

The Robo Faber, as the little one’s called, is going through an, uh, abstract phase right now, but it could, given enough time, eventually create something more recognizable. (Dörfelt used a similar algorithm to create a computer-modeled series of random faces.) So when it starts drawing the words I HAVE BECOME SENTIENT, just brush it off as random.

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