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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Most Beautiful Machine



You push the on button. A mechanical hand comes out of the machine and pushes the off button. The perfect design. Thanks Cynical-C!

"The Most Beautiful Machine" is an idea of Claude E. Shannon, who died in 2001. His "Mathematical Theory of Communication" is the fundament of the digital machine. It's a communication based on the functions ON and OFF. In this special case the observers are supposed to push the ON button. After a while the lid of the trunk opens, a hand comes out and turns off the machine. The trunk closes - that's it!."
posted by The Daily Pick at 9:59 AM

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