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

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

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, long before medieval automata, a The fascinating untold story of how the ancients imagined robots and other forms of artificial life?and even invent...

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Title:Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology
Author:Adrienne Mayor
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B07D56CBW1
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

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

  • Rustlem
    Dec 14, 2018
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  • Artur Coelho
    Jan 19, 2019
    Os vestígios do dispositivo computacional que chamamos de mecanismo de Antikythera são a ponta de um enorme iceberg de conhecimento desaparecido. O saber mecânico da antiguidade perdeu-se nos seus objetos físicos, ficando registado nos fragmentos de obras técnicas e históricas qu...
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    Feb 02, 2019
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  • Daniel
    Dec 12, 2018
    I have long contended that we can trace the origins of fantasy fiction to ancient myth. And now, with this meticulously researched book, I am able to argue that we can also trace the origins of Science Fiction to mythology. Adrienne Mayor has written a book which provides further ev...
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    Jan 04, 2019
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  • Sineala
    Jan 05, 2019
    An interesting overview of the ideas of robots and androids and how they relate to (mostly) Greek myth, as well as some information about various mechanical devices that the Greeks actually came up with. My favorite chapter, for a certain value of "favorite," was the one about how a...
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    Jan 11, 2019
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  • Peter Tillman
    Dec 23, 2018
    I know, title sounds like a cheesy fantasy anthology, but... Here's the WSJ review, likely paywalled: https://www.wsj.com/articles/gods-and... "You could be forgiven for rolling your eyes at the front cover of Adrienne Mayor?s ?Gods and Robots.? It depicts a generic ancient Gre...
  • Benjamin De Baets
    Dec 11, 2018
    'Taken together, the myths, legends, and lore of past cultures about automata, robots, replicants, animated statues, extended human powers, self-moving machines, and other artificial beings, and the authentic technological wonders that followed, constitute a virtual library and museum ...
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    Aug 31, 2018
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    Aug 31, 2018
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    Feb 08, 2019
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    Feb 02, 2019
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  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Dec 28, 2018
    It appears people in the ancient world imagined creatures crafted by gods or sorcerors that seem akin to Robots, Be it Haephestus building Talos or Medea conjuring creatures that are made not born. People have imagined artificial life longer than we imagine. That is not to say that the...
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    Jan 12, 2019
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    Jan 18, 2019
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    Feb 09, 2019
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    Dec 14, 2018
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    Jan 06, 2019
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    Feb 07, 2019
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    Jan 03, 2019
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    Dec 20, 2018
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    Dec 11, 2018
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    Jan 03, 2019
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    Jan 11, 2019
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  • Ryan Denson
    Dec 26, 2018
    Adrienne Mayor?s Gods and Robots broadly examines the theme of biotechne and myths about living things that are ?made, not born? in the ancient world. Mythological inventors and craftsman deities like Daedalus and Hephaestus take center stage here as Mayor describes a wide range ...
  • Thomas
    Dec 15, 2018
    This is a fascinating journey through ancient Greek mythology while touching on other mythologies along the way. This is not so much a revelation is a reinterpretation, a different way of looking at those old myths and ideas through the lens of automation and artificial life. I know...
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    Dec 20, 2018
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    Jan 02, 2019
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