The doll, with 6,000 parts and programmable actions, might be the first computer. That’s because it was created in the 1770s. This incredible little robot called simply The Writer was designed and built by Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz with help from his son Henri-Louis, and Jean-Frédéric Leschot. The plain barefoot boy concealed their true pièce de résistance. At the time, ‘automata’ or little mechanical moving figures, were common in homes of the elite. But Jaquet-Droz’s is the only one so complex scientists argue whether it is the first machine worthy of the name computer.