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June 28, 2009

Not just about mice

srikanth @ 9:30 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1246224616 ) Play

Identify the device and inventors. All this device does is exactly what it looks like it’s doing!

Cracked by tete80 , udupendra , Rogi , wanderlust , Joshan , Jagadish , Raghuvansh , superbrat , dheeraj , Logik , Sandipan Chakravarty and shenoyvarun86.

Answer:

Quoting udupendra:

“Based on an idea of Marvin Minsky, Claude Shannon designed the most simplistic digital machine that turns itself off every time you turn it on. It has been variously dubbed as ‘Ultimate Machine’, ‘Beautiful Machine’ and so on.”


13 Responses to “Not just about mice”

  1. tete80

    “The Most Beautiful Machine” is an idea of Claude E. Shannon

    http://www.kugelbahn.ch/sesam_e.htm


  2. udupendra
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    Based on an idea of Marvin Minsky, Claude Shannon designed the most simplistic digital machine that turns itself off every time you turn it on. It has been variously dubbed as ‘Ultimate Machine’, ‘Beautiful Machine’ and so on.


  3. Rogi
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    My grandfather bought me one of those when I was a kid.
    http://www.leavemealonebox.com
    For the record. This rerun is called “The Most Beautiful Machine”.


  4. shannon. most beautiful machine


  5. Joshan

    The Most Beautiful Machine” …Claude E. Shannon
    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!.


  6. \’The ultimate machine\’ by Claude Shannon.


  7. Raghuvansh
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    Claude Shannon’s “ultimate machine”. When switched on, a mechanical hand appears to switch itself off.


  8. superbrat

    Quoting Wiki on Claude Shannon:

    “Hobbies and inventions
    Outside of his academic pursuits, Shannon was interested in juggling, unicycling, and chess. He also invented many devices, including rocket-powered flying discs, a motorized pogo stick, and a flame-throwing trumpet for a science exhibition. One of his more humorous devices was a box kept on his desk called the “Ultimate Machine”, based on an idea by Marvin Minsky. Otherwise featureless, the box possessed a single switch on its side. When the switch was flipped, the lid of the box opened and a mechanical hand reached out, flipped off the switch, then retracted back inside the box. In addition he built a device that could solve the Rubik’s cube puzzle.[4]

    He is also considered the co-inventor of the first wearable computer along with Edward O. Thorp.[15] The device was used to improve the odds when playing roulette.”


  9. dheeraj

    Claude Shannon’s on/off machine aka “ultimate machine”


  10. Logik
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    “The Ultimate Machine “, an on-off machine conceptualized by Shannon, and Marvin Minsky.


  11. Sandipan Chakravarty

    The Most beautiful machine by Claude Shannon


  12. he most beautiful Machine..


  13. the most beautiful Machine..


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