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The TicTacToe Computer – Deep Blue turns pink?


The TicTacToe Computer was made completely out of Tinkertoys by some whizz kid students at MIT in the 70’s. And they say that geek adolescents waste their time a lot. Pshaw…!

 The Tinkertoy computer is not fully automatic: a human operator must crank the read head up and down and must manage its input. After the computer’s opponent makes a move, the operator walks to the front of the machine to adjust the core piece inside the read head, registering the contestant’s move. The operator then pulls on a string to cock the core piece for its impending whirl of recognition. When it discovers a memory that matches the current state of the game, the core piece spins, and the computer indicates its move.

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