Robotic Quine or “Robo Quine” is a robot that types its own source code. Bryce Summers designed the Robotic Quine programming language (RQL) which commands the xy-gantry robot to type on a human interface keyboard, and a G-Code which allows the artist to command the robot to elegantly write its own source code by translating the G-code to a machine code, translated again through input on the Qwrty keyboard. The theoretically endless translation cycle allows the robot to “write” its own source code.
This project was supported in part by Microgrant #2016-09 from the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier. Additional images can be found here.