Could this be “the world’s most astonishing surviving automaton”? Created by Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the doll is a 240-year-old machine that is able to write custom text and possesses eyes that follow the letters he is programmed to write. With over 6,000 parts, it is an amazing piece of technology miniaturized and placed inside a mechanical boy… in the 18th century. Watch the video to learn more about the doll, a distant cousin of the modern programmable computer. (You can find the doll at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire of Neuchâtel, in Switzerland.)