The orig­i­nal au­to­mated job-killer is a so­phis­ti­cated se­cu­rity ma­chine that can do any­thing.

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Random Fun - BY LONG- TIME POP­U­LAR ME­CHAN­ICS ED­I­TOR KEVIN DUPZYK

HAVE A THE­ORY that crafts­peo­ple are more nos­tal­gic than ev­ery­one else. They ap­pre­ci­ate how peo­ple used to do things. My grand­fa­ther, a coder, re­stored a gas pump from an old Mo­bil sta­tion. He loved the me­chan­i­cal counter. (Af­ter a ca­reer wran­gling ar­cane sys­tem clocks2 into a world that still had mul­ti­ple time zones, he trea­sured any­thing that could count with­out a CPU.)

3 More im­por­tantly, he val­ued util­ity and craft. Which brings me to my ATM. With hack­ers crack­ing the blockchain, when I found that old-school vault

4 aban­doned in a back al­ley, I saw it for what it is: a sturdy safe with ad­vanced elec­tron­ics. ATMS are good for lots of things, but I started just by get­ting it run­ning nor­mally. My kids ac­tu­ally get what cash is now, and I’m com­ing

5 around on how the ATM looks in the den. All that plas­tic, all those but­tons.

6 It’s not as sexy as the Mo­bil pump, but with petrol a Sched­ule 1 hy­dro­car­bon, that was never an op­tion. Nos­tal­gia only goes so far.

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