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:

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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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