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Created in the tail end of the 1770s, this unusual robot (and it truly is once you see inside) was created by the watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz along with help from his versatile son Henri-Louis and Jean-Frédéric Leschot.
Born in Switzerland, Pierre Jaquet-Droz was (and to this day still is) considered to be one of the most gifted automata designers in history. He was, in many ways the Sir Jonathan Ive of his time – a visionary designer and master craftsman obsessed with the minutest of details, form and function. But this robot, which he simply called ‘The Writer’ is without question his most complex, impressive and celebrated work.
I doubt if we could make anything nowadays to last 240 years. It would be unaffordable. S&F for this super interesting info.
The Movie/Book HUGO had bits of true history in it including Georges Méliès and the design for the Automaton by Jaquet-Droz. It sparked my interest in the beginnings of movies as well as clockwork automatons!
Very good movie if you have not seen it!
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The Turk was just an illusion- there was a human operator in the cabinet, as evidenced by its ability to adapt to unprogrammed stimuli- it recognized and saluted Napoleon, then it responded in 3 different ways to Napoleon's 3 attempts to cheat. I've gotta give more respect to the actual programmable machine.