that one little defect
that moves something from attractive
. The imperfection
that brings "perfection
". The thing that, if fix
ed would remove character
Years ago there were automated calligraphy systems that were a dismal failure--they were technically accurate. Competent but uninspired. Somone added noise to it, and they were a big hit.
Referenced in the piano tuning episode of Northern Exposure
Cliche theme of much 80's sci-fi, where mankind defeats the evil perfect robot army through creativity. I think Star Trek (obcviously not 80's) also went there. Maybe it was novel then, but I doubt it.