Makes A Little Too Much Sense

Every now and then, I read something very enlightening and surprising, and I find myself blown away that more people don’t know about it.  It’s usually buried on the 15th page of a newspaper that seems far more front page worthy than whatever’s there.  I wonder: why aren’t more people talking about this?  Each month, I’ll call one out and provide a line of perspective. Send me any ideas you have!

The Writer Automaton, Switzerland
https://www.chonday.com/15454/the-writer-automaton/

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This story’s amalgamation of engineering, precision controls and life science made it very interesting to me.  The fact that it resulted in a doll created 240 years ago that can write custom text up to 40 letters long…that is outright mind-blowing.  And of course, as a writer I couldn’t help but appreciate the irony that a wooden statue operates autonomously as an author.  

At first I just thought this was a cool idea, but the more I thought about it the more applicable to bigger-picture-thriller-type thinking I found the concept to be.  If you believe there are limits to what scientists today can do to advance the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics, this story about what a watchmaker did two-and-a-half centuries ago might make you think twice.