The ghostwriter asked us to post a strange picture and talk about it. I picked one of my favorite machines, a Rube Goldberg machine. Rube Goldberg created the contest where people were asked to create the most complex machine, with way too many steps to do a simple job. I love that concept and often have wondered if sometimes in the technology world, the Rube Goldberg approach isn’t the top one!
In the book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Phaedrus, the hero, talked about his job as an Engineer at a Charcoal Grill factory. The engineering team would pick the most complex directions for assembling the grill as they sent them out to consumers.
Now as we look at the picture and dive a little into it we see an incredibly complex machine designed to help someone eat. I am reminded of the house of Doc Brown from the Back to the Future Movies.
Sometimes complex systems are at best overkill. Such machines are called Rube Goldberg Devices!