Posted on June 29, 2015 by BenIncredible Machine, the Writer Automaton What people are capable of never ceases to amaze me. Folks are so clever and this blows my mind. It is 240 years old! This is a work known as The Writer and was created by Pierre Jaquet-Droz. The Writer is made of 6,000 pieces and is the most sophisticated of the three surviving automata Jaquet-Droz made.