Back in the 18th century, this automaton called ‘The Writer’ was built by Jaquet Droz. After more than 200 years, the robot has been reanimated, and it’s way creepier than any robot made today.
Apparently, Droz had made other automatons, but only three survived. Others could draw or play the piano, but it’s this ‘Writer’ that gives me the heebie jeebies. It’s a mechanical boy controlled by a “complex clockwork mechanism” complete with head and eyes that move when it writes. Just look at the thing, I almost expect it to start stabbing people. [YouTube via TechCrunch]