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:History
ISBN:B07D56CBW1
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

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

  • Mark Fallon
    Apr 25, 2019
    The ancient origins of robots and mechanical wonders. ...
  • Alleyne Dickens
    Feb 13, 2019
    I enjoyed this book so much that I gave away 3 copies as Christmas gifts. Couldn't wait to share it! ...
  • Jill
    May 15, 2019
    Actually I think it deserves 41/2 stars. ...
  • Jamie Showrank
    Mar 21, 2019
    Excellent I would recommend this as Kindle or book and not audio. Narrator was fine. So much wondrous historical content that may be best consumed as reading and not listening. Very good! ...
  • Carlex
    May 24, 2019
    Three and half stars. Gods and Robots intends to make a comparison between the ancient myths -mostly greek and roman- and our modern science fiction dreams. As I said, the book is just a comparison, it does not explain a cause effect or an influence between classical myths and c...
  • Nils
    Feb 24, 2019
    A beautifully written, lavishly illustrated, and highly thought-provoking account of how the concerns with automatons and human enhancement are not just modern but indeed ancient. Focused mainly on Greek mythology, but with glances at other mythological traditions, Mayor argues that th...
  • 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...
  • Dr. A.R. Davis
    Jun 16, 2019
    Mayor assembles a fascinating picture of artificial life being born in mythology and emerging into the real world during ancient times. This is a scholarly work, not a work of popular science. For me, that was perfect, as I used it for background research for my latest sci-fi novel, Tu...
  • Liss Carmody
    May 20, 2019
    Did ancient Greeks, in the midst of their philosophical, mystical, and scientific musings, contemplate the possibility of artificial life, artificial intelligence, humanoid automatons, or self-driving technology? Mayor delves into these questions with a canny, clear-eyed survey of anci...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ben
    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 ...
  • Margaret
    Mar 11, 2019
    What it says on the cover. Looks at Daedalus, Prometheus, Hephaestus and their mythological influence on ancient creators and their modern counterparts. Extremely interesting read. ...
  • Martti
    Jul 09, 2019
    This is a masterclass of overthinking and 20/20 hindsight. Everybody knows the Greek mythology is a rich world of wonders and hate, godlike humans and human-like gods. And since they are told/written as timeless stories, they are specifically extremely vague so your imagination can fil...
  • 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...
  • Dori
    May 23, 2019
    The best chapter is the last one (9) and it?s a slog to get there. The author spends a ton of time convincing us (sometimes weakly) that certain characters in myth were biotechnae and then barely spends time summarizing hundreds of years of more relevant myths from other cultures. Hm...
  • Bryan Cebulski
    Mar 12, 2019
    It was entertaining and had some interesting stories, but I wish it had more intellectual strivings or something. Like, there's not much analysis here. More just a long list of "Hey, you like pop culture X? Well the classical world had an antecedent in Y". ...
  • Jacopo Quercia
    Jun 30, 2019
    First and foremost, WOW! 'Gods and Robots: The Ancient Quest for Artificial Life' is a remarkable achievement that will completely transform the way you look at Ancient Greece. Written by Stanford University Prof. Adrienne Mayor, this book is an exhaustive study on how the Greeks ap...
  • aaron gordon
    Jul 21, 2019
    Not what I had expected however the author does know her subject and makes her point. I expected more historical recounting of automata related to religious practice and what I found was a tale of myth and science driving one another. Chapter 9 was right down my alley and the epilogue ...
  • Emily Auger
    Jul 05, 2019
    Fascinating book detailing the representation of artificial beings and AI in ancient Greek mythology and art. Hephaestus, Medea, Daedalus, Pygmalion, and Prometheus are the star players. Their basic stories will be familiar to many readers, but Mayor's accomplishment is all in the rese...
  • Alexis Kaelin
    Jul 16, 2019
    My first dip into the ancient tech pond. Great literature review discussions to learn more. ...
  • Michael Norwitz
    Apr 13, 2019
    An assessment of the uses of advanced technology as depicted in Greek myth. I'd have liked more depth although, given the scanty records, there probably isn't much more depth available. Easily readable and a good resource for other writers. ...
  • Megan
    Apr 15, 2019
    Really interesting book! Especially liked chapter 8 on Pandora as a proto-fembot. ...
  • Shawn
    Apr 13, 2019
    very interesting look into the minds of technically oriented ancient people and how they thought about reproducing nature and man; through their myths and legends about craftsmen and crafty gods. also peppered in alot of idoosycratic stuff that the author likes such as the new blade ...
  • 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 ...
  • Nasir Ali
    May 07, 2019
    Like the way the author has linked the antiquities and todays automation, good fun! ...
  • Cindie
    Mar 04, 2019
    Very redundant and text book like. Although I liked the subject matter, I grew tired of the constant review or reference to other chapters, especially if the information was repeated again. ...
  • Edward
    May 04, 2019
    Rambling and disorganized, this book is in dire need of editing, and should be about 70% shorter. Single paragraphs would lose their way after the first sentence, and a bulk of the material is a repetition of the same shallow analysis of three or four core myths. Expect to be bombarded...
  • 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...
  • Ed Kulis
    Jun 27, 2019
    Excellent portrayal of ancient tech not well known. Robots in the equivalent of the Macy's day parade 50 feet high. Many small robots that could stand, move and serve wine. Greek statues were painted so realistically that people would fall in love with them. And Pandora was a sexually ...