The Mechanical Turk
Published 25 Dec 2007. Tags: art+design, computer-science, history.
The Turk was an ingenious chess-playing “machine” devised in 1770 by Wolfgang von Kempelen. A really wonderful description of it can be found here.
The modern equivalent is Amazon’s Mechanical Turk), which uses people to perform simple tasks of object recognition.
I love fake AI.