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Over in Denmark a hacker called Berthos concluded:
that it was time to waste time bigtime.
- no useful function
- moving parts
- simple yet complex
- user interaction
- blinking lights
- entertain users and observers
A video of the machine follows the break:
It’s a free download, and might not even contain any malevolent code…
As you can see in the video above, our Quality Assurance Technicians strive to ensure the finest of craftsmanship as well as durability! And they demonstrate another reason why one Useless Machine is not enough.
Via: YouTube Search of Useless Machine
The earliest reference to the Ultimate Machine that I’ve found is by Arthur C. Clarke from the August 1958 issue of Harper’s Magazine article (also in his book Voice Across the Sea: p. 159, Revised edition, New York: Harper & Row, 1959 and 1974):
When you throw the switch, there is an angry, purposeful buzzing. The lid slowly rises, and from beneath it emerges a hand. The hand reaches down, turns the switch off, and retreats into the box. With the finality of a closing coffin, the lid snaps shut, the buzzing ceases, and peace reigns once more. The psychological effect, if you do not know what to expect, is devastating. There is something unspeakably sinister about a machine that does nothing–absolutely nothing–except switch itself off.
With this description in mind, Michal Zalewski has posted about his second build of an Ultimate Machine.
As he says on his build page Shannon’s Ultimate Machine, take 2, the goal was to build an Ultimate Machine that was “elegant, simple, and chillingly sinister”. It’s using an Atmega48P micro-controller and it has a display showing a count of how many times the switch has been toggled.