KUKA 16-2: World’s First Torah Writing Robot

Since 10 July 2014, a KUKA robot has been displayed at Berlin’s Jewish Museum. The robot, equipped with a quill pen and ink, has been writing a manuscript of the Torah at the speed of a human scribe.

This Torah-writing robot was developed by the German artistic group “robotlab”, which frequently uses industrial robots for performances in public spaces, dealing with the relationship between humans and machines.

Writing the Torah in the same way that a human would, combines centuries of cultural history and traditional techniques with state-of-the-art automation.

The Torah is traditionally produced by a specially trained scribe, or “sofer”. This scribe also ensures the requisite holiness of the scripture by devoting himself beforehand to the study of Jewish law and literature

The KR 16-2 robot, which is predominantly used in the manufacturing industries due to its versatility and flexibility, is inscribing the 304,805 Hebrew letters on a roll of paper around 80 meters in length. The robot takes three months to complete the scroll while a rabbi or a sofer takes a full year to finish the job.

The robot manuscript, on the other hand, is not kosher and is thus unsuitable for use in synagogue services, as its production does not conform to the requirements of Jewish religious law.

The robot can be seen at the Jewish Museum in Berlin until 11 January 2015.

Source: Kuka Robotics