A mechanical, wooden Turing machine


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/08/0-1-blank.html


#2

“I did not build a safeguard into the Writing Wires. Things will break if the machine attempts to write a ‘0’ as well as a ‘1’. And wires can migrate and drift.”

This was actually the cause of the Wooden Robot Rebellion of 1739


#3

So very lovely and well executed.


#4

That looks just like one of the Turing machines my grandpa used to build in his barn. I’m glad someone is keeping this lost art alive.


#5

of course, being a Seurat, he built it out of sawdust, n’est-ce pas?


#6

This was such a cool post, and I knew it was from Cory even before I saw his byline. I love the Wonderful Things part of Boing Boing, they make me a Happy Mutant!


#7

Does anyone want to be less lazy than me and work out how big this would be if it were scaled up to Collossus or MADM? And how much slower/how long you’d have to crank it for?


#8

This is hands-down amazing! This makes me wish there was a compendium of all the interesting ways you can use gears, cams, rockers, toggles, and other devices to build machines.


#9

Trying to mine bitcoins with that would make me cranky.


#10

Probably quicker to do it with pen and paper. And you’d need to significantly extend the tape.


#11

Just beautiful
this also should be made from LEGO bricks.


#12

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