16 May 2013

Anthropomorphism

I have an easier time ascribing mental states to machines than to some people, so this little guy struck me as a perfectly sad castaway: clearly obsolete (what did he even do?) and left behind to rot. If you want a brilliant summation of what I felt when I came upon this scene, read this xkcd strip; it made my wife cry the first time I showed it to her.

A Doohickey.

The General Electric Pathos-Wringer, all new for 1963!

Comments

  • idiotphotographer
    May 16, 2013 Reply

    Whatever it is, it is an adorable little machine. I too felt sad for it and thought it seemed all lonely and lost when I saw it.

  • Jayde-Ashe
    May 16, 2013 Reply

    Wow it does have a lot of personality when you show it this way! And that strip was sad…

    • tabularasa88
      May 17, 2013 Reply

      That strip is genius, I think. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Paisley Avocado
    May 17, 2013 Reply

    It’s a dictaphone. Recorded sound for later playback. So boss could dictate a letter into the thing, secretary would listen and type it up.

    • tabularasa88
      May 17, 2013 Reply

      Mystery solved. Thank you 🙂

  • Paisley Avocado
    May 17, 2013 Reply

    You’re welcome! It is missing the microphone though.

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