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Frolicsome Engines: The Long Prehistory of Artificial Intelligence

- May 4, 2016 in Al-Jazari, artificial intelligence, automata, automatons, digesting duck, Featured Articles, Hero of Alexandria, history of robotics, hydraulics, Jaquet-Droz, pneumatics, Science & Medicine, the turk, vaucanson's duck, when did artificial intelligence begin, William Kempelen

Defecating ducks, talking busts, and mechanised Christs — Jessica Riskin on the wonderful history of automata, machines built to mimic the processes of intelligent life.