Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Turk, writing automaton by Paul Spooner

Paul Spooner tips his hat to automata of the past and adds his unique wit to this new piece. Having just finished reading a book on The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine, I am delighted to see this one. This version of the Turk has taken on challenges beyond chess including the Rubik's Cube and Sudoku. I'd have to rank this among my favorites now. Just brilliant.

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Anonymous Les said...

I don't know Turkish, but apparently "Bu Türk tarafından çözüldü" means something like "Solved by the Turks," in case anyone was wondering.

And the "Clever Hans" automaton referenced in the text toward the end of the video -- you'll have to look that one up. Very good, slightly risque, but also very clever, indeed.

August 20, 2011 at 8:27 PM  
Anonymous woodworking courses said...

Great video paying homage to the famous 18th century mechanical turk hoax.

The intricate detailing of the model was particularly impressive!!!

August 21, 2011 at 2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It says "Bu Turk tarafindan cizildi", meaning "Drawn by some Turk"

August 25, 2011 at 4:30 PM  

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