While computers as we know them may be a modern invention, this 240-year-old doll, named “The Writer,” has been around longer than the U.S. has been an independent nation. Created by Swiss inventor Pierre Jaquet-Droz, this doll can be programmed to write “40-character-long letters,” according to Little Things.com. In addition, he occasionally dips his quill in an ink well, and his eyes move with the words he writes. According to The Huffington Post this porcelain doll contains 6,000 parts, each specialized to fit inside his frame.
Watch the full clip to see The Writer in action and learn more about the world’s first computer.