Wednesday/ useless machines

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A classic useless machine featured in Wednesday’s edition of Wall Street Journal. You turn it ‘on’, and the ‘machine’ opens up and turns itself off.

No, it’s not that printer on your desk that has stopped working.  This type of machine is specifically designed to have ‘no use’. It seems to me that a classic version of a useless machine is the one featured in Wednesday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal.  The original one was invented in the 1950s by artificial-intelligence expert Marvin Minsky at Bell Laboratories, no less. Check out a video of the machine in action at the website Frivolous Engineering at http://frivolousengineering.com/ .

P.S.  If the machine provides its owner with titillation, I would argue it is not a useless machine!

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