Most of the machines in this archive assist in creating something difficult to do by eye or by hand alone. But this category is the inverse: machines designed to mimic and synthesize human handwriting.
Perhaps because of their goal to approximate human action, some of these machines exhibit an almost science fiction quality for their apparent artificial intelligence. Imagine Elisha Grey’s Teleautograph, capable of automatically “hand” writing a wireless telegram from the Morse Code message, appearing to the unsuspecting audience of 1888. Science!
Dates: 1780s to present
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