The Writer Automaton, Switzerland
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.