The Writer' Automaton

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  1. Joe Riley

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    A 240 - year - old doll that can write, a clockwork creation by Pierre Jaquet-Droz. Yes, it’s 240 years old.
    This clip will fascinate just about all the engineers, artists, clock makers, doll makers, computer programmers, want-to-be inventors or basically anyone out there that likes to tinker. This is more than tinkering. When you view this, think computers. Remember, this was built in the 1770's!
     
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    I was trying to remember where I saw that and for once my memory just about held. It was a BBC4 programme called 'Mechanical Marvels'. The whole programme is shown here:

     
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    Thanks Joe and Tom for this topic. The genius that went into these automatons is truly wonderful. I do hope you won't mind if I add to it.

    The story of Pierre Jaquet Droz and his sons is worth hearing :)

     
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    I love clockwork stuff! I have to admit that I recoiled a little in horror when I first saw the doll. I loathe dolls that look human. I was thankfully able to watch the video after a few minutes, and it is fascinating! Such brilliance!
     
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    It is pretty sad that a 240 year old doll can write yet our students in school can't!
     
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    :D Good one! But so true!:(
     
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    Interesting that the American writer Edgar Allen Poe was the first to work out how the Chess playing automaton The Turk was actually a very clever hoax.

     
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    He may have heard the tell-tale heart!;)
     
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    I prefer to believe the Chess Playing Turk as legit! When I was visiting Galveston, Texas years ago, there was a live chicken who could beat me playing Tic-Tac-Toe! :mad: Every time!
     
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