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

  • Alleyne
    Feb 13, 2019
    I enjoyed this book so much that I gave away 3 copies as Christmas gifts. Couldn't wait to share it! ...
  • John Taylor
    Apr 19, 2019
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  • 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 So much wondrous historical content that may be best consumed as reading and not listening.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! ...
  • 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...
  • 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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    Mar 27, 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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    Feb 17, 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...
  • 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...
  • Mary Rose
    Mar 08, 2019
    DNFed at 70%. I really did not vibe with this book and got frustrated by the pop culture asides and refusal to interrogate the ancient authors for the veracity of their writings. Too much was taken at face value. I hope someday Mayor gets the chance to write the book about the 2013 Bla...
  • 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. ...
  • Sarah Olson
    Aug 31, 2018
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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 18, 2019
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  • 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. ...
  • Rafael Ramirez
    Mar 11, 2019
    Muy interesante leer como desde la antigüedad, la posibilidad de crear artefactos que imiten la naturaleza humana ha causado asombro y esperanza pero también aprensión y angustia. Mucho que aprender de los clásicos, especialmente de la mitología griega en este caso. ...
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    Mar 20, 2019
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    Feb 07, 2019
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    Feb 16, 2019
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  • James
    Apr 19, 2019
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  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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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    Mar 11, 2019
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    Dec 20, 2018
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    Mar 01, 2019
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