Do you know why we keep on inventing and inventing and inventing? Because we’re trying to finish our jobs faster and better. But do we always invent useful things? No, not really! But this only means that we got so used to creating machines, that we don’t seem to bother making them always useful.
These so-called useless machines are, in some ways, an expression of humanity’s mastery of basic science. A useless machine can be any mechanical device that has been intentionally designed to serve no useful purpose. It is believed the modern useless machine was invented by cognitive scientist Marvin Minsky way back in 1952 when he was doing graduate work at Bell Labs.