A BBC documentary sparked Futuro’s fascination with automatons. It tells the story about the first robots, with lots of inspiring clips of mechanical masterpieces.

'The Writer,' a 240-year-old automaton in the form of a boy, created by Swiss clockmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1774), has about 6,000 parts and is programmable.

‘The Writer,’ a 240-year-old automaton

Machines that can mimic living creatures was very long just a dream. Simon Schaffer takes us on a tour of some early mechanical wonders and shows us as an entire automatic city and a programmable boy who can both write and draw.

Link to full-length documentary (Swedish TV)

A clip available on Youtube:

http://youtu.be/9gf5lqQpP5Y