This Handmade Robot “Reads” with Adorable Eyeballs

Francesca Capposela — Aug 14 2016 GIF courtesy the artist. Screencaps via Can a machine actually be intelligent? Can it absorb information? Can it solve problems, or does it simply work around them? Will machines and humans ever become indistinguishable? These are questions that led Jakob Werner to create an ironic automated sculpture out of wood. In A Machine Learning, a pair of large eyeballs simulates the motions of reading and changes the pages in a book. Its quick pace and repetitive movement are comical, parodying the idea that artificial intelligence is intelligent at all. Werner, a graphic designer and animator, has a special love for creating non-digital pieces. The ability to hold something in his hands is important to him. Because of this, wood is one of his favorite…

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