This vacant-eyed little boy, known as 'The Writer,' was built in the 1770s, by Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz and his son Henri-Louis, and Jean-Frédéric Leschot. Not only is the boy delightfully creepy in the way that only porcelain dolls can be, but the 6,000-component child is considered one of the world's very first computers, and inside the boy is a detailed, incredibly intricate, programmable writing machine. How cool is that?


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