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MacMurtrie, (Francisco) Chico

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In this era of automation, in which machinery takes over many aspects of human life and human employment, in which machinery is often used for profit, control, and advantage, and in which popular culture productions and the realities of war-making emphasize machines as destructive purveyors of misery to our planet, the appearance of a very complicated robotic device that is artistically based and non-practical but, instead, seems to simultaneously emulate and envy organic structures reminds us of the importance of something we are losing sight of in our robotic age. A machine whose sole purpose is growing, moving, and interacting provokes contemplation of the essence of live biological systems.

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