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

Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Mayor, Adrienne

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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 Hepha...estus, 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.
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ISBN 9780691202266
Released NZ 15 Mar 2020
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780691202266
Stock Available
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 15 Mar 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Mayor, Adrienne
Category World History: BCE To C 500 CE
Pre-Christian European & Mediterranean Religions
History Of Science
Number of Pages 296
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 203mm
Dewey Code 629.8920901
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Robotics - History, Robots - Mythology, Science, Ancient
NBS Text Ancient History
ONIX Text General/trade