In the late 1770’s, this 6,000 part robot called The Writer, was created by Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz with help from his son Henri-Louis. This programmable writing machine is nothing short of extraordinary, and was just one of many such machines that Jaquet-Droz made. Some consider it to be the oldest example of a computer, although some argue that the Antikythera mechanism should be considered the first. Regardless, this piece of genius is absolutely breathtaking.
If you are interested in watching the full documentary about the history of the automaton, I have provided the video below. I will certainly enjoy watching it when I’ve finished with finals.