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Gods & Robots: Myths, Machines & Ancient Dreams of Technology


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  • Gods & Robots: Myths, Machines & Ancient Dreams of Technology 
    Title: Gods & Robots: Myths, Machines & Ancient Dreams of Technology
    Author: MAYOR ADRIENNE
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 21/04/2020
    Imprint: PRINCETON UNI PRESS
    Price: $39.99
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED

    The fascinating untold story of how the ancients imagined robots and other forms of artificial life-and even invented real automated machines

    The first robot to walk the earth was a bronze giant called Talos. This wondrous machine was created not by MIT Robotics Lab, but by Hephaestus, the Greek god of invention. More than 2,500 years ago, Greek mythology was exploring ideas about creating artificial life-and grappling with still-unresolved ethical concerns about biotechne, "life through craft." In this compelling, richly illustrated book, Adrienne Mayor tells the fascinating story of how ancient Greek, Roman, Indian, and Chinese myths envisioned artificial life, automata, self-moving devices, and human enhancements-and how these visions relate to and reflect the ancient invention of real animated machines. Revealing how science has always been driven by imagination, and how some of today's most advanced tech innovations were foreshadowed in ancient myth, Gods and Robots is a gripping new story of mythology for the age of AI.

    ISBN: 9780691202266
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