Design and draw an imaginary input/output machine. What is the purpose of your machine (if it has one).
What are its inputs? How does int process those inputs? What are its outputs and why? What does its processing of inputs achieve.
Go back over the list that we created when we were thinking about input/output machines. Maybe there are ideas there in that list.
Have a look at the example above this is an input/output that solves a particular problem but not all machines need to solve problems – in fact some of my favourite machines are perfectly useless….or at least there use is largely aesthetic (designed for its appearance) or conceptual (designed it makes us think).
Is the machine you’ve created possible or is it fantastic? both are fine – but what makes one possible and one fantastic?
Some perfectly useless but very beautiful machines: