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