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"Concepts of religion may now be goals of science and engineering."
- Bart Kosko

Paint-to-Order Robotic Artist  
  A robotic mechanism that could produce a unique picture, given subject and artistic style.  

The commercial artist on the street was temporarily vacant. She hesitated for a moment between her duty to find Danny at once and her desire to own a real work of art. The middle aged couple heading toward the booth decided her. Swiftly she inserted a coin.

“Yes?” said the deep gruff voice of the mechanism.

“I’d like two pictures.” she said...

She considered. “Something different,” she said. “Maybe a combined Miro and Goya.”

“The two styles aren’t compatible,” warned the commercial artist.

“Then make them compatible,” she answered. “It’s time the two were reconciled.”

The commercial artist could not sigh. “Subject matter of the Miro-Goya picture?”

“A peaceful scene. Perhaps rockets to the moon.”

“Goya never heard of rockets,” began the artist...

“Project them,” she insisted reasonably... She wasn’t going to argue with a robot.

The Miro-Goya picture was harder. Trial and error were necessary. The results would not be happy; a schizoid painting was bound to ensue. It was the task of the commercial artist to see that the pictorial insanity was not too evident.

From The Music Master, by F.L. Wallace.
Published by Imagination in 1953
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