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“Let us Calculate!”: Leibniz, Llull and Computational Imagination

- November 10, 2016 in artificial intelligence, calculating machine, calculator, computation, Culture & History, Featured Articles, language, leibniz, Philosophy, ramon llull, Science & Medicine, the first calculator, universal language

Three hundred years after the death of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and seven hundred years after the birth of Ramon Llull, Jonathan Gray looks at how their early visions of computation and the “combinatorial art” speak to our own age of data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence.

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.