Here’s a fascinating look at “The Writer”, an automaton, or self-operating machine built in the 1770s by world-renowned Swiss watchmaker, Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721-1790). It’s made from nearly 6000 parts and capable of writing letters and words with a quill pen. According to Twisted Sifter, “the 240-year-old machine is said to be a distant ancestor of the modern-day, programmable computer.” Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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