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

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Autor: Mayor, AdrienneMarca: Princeton University PressUnión: Pasta duraNúmero de páginas: 304Fecha de lanzamiento: 27-11-2018Detalles: Descripción del producto 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...
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Princeton University Press

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Autor: Mayor, Adrienne

Marca: Princeton University Press

Unión: Pasta dura

Número de páginas: 304

Fecha de lanzamiento: 27-11-2018

Detalles: Descripción del producto 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, and centuries before technology made self-moving devices possible, Greek mythology was exploring ideas about creating artificial life--and grappling with still-unresolved ethical concerns about biotechne, "life through craft." In this compelling, richly illustrated book, Adrienne Mayor tells the fascinating story of how ancient Greek, Roman, Indian, and Chinese myths envisioned artificial life, automata, self-moving devices, and human enhancements--and how these visions relate to and reflect the ancient invention of real animated machines. As early as Homer, Greeks were imagining robotic servants, animated statues, and even ancient versions of Artificial Intelligence, while in Indian legend, Buddha's precious relics were defended by robot warriors copied from Greco-Roman designs for real automata. Mythic automata appear in tales about Jason and the Argonauts, Medea, Daedalus, Prometheus, and Pandora, and many of these machines are described as being built with the same materials and methods that human artisans used to make tools and statues. And, indeed, many sophisticated animated devices were actually built in antiquity, reaching a climax with the creation of a host of automata in the ancient city of learning, Alexandria, the original Silicon Valley. A groundbreaking account of the earliest expressions of the timeless impulse to create artificial life, Gods and Robots reveals how some of today's most advanced innovations in robotics and AI were foreshadowed in ancient myth--and how science has always been driven by imagination. This is mythology for the age of AI.-- "The Inquisitive Biologist" Críticas Gods and Robots turned out to be a fascinating book on an unusual subject.-- "The Inquisitive Biologist" Gods and Robots is an absorbing study of ancient mythological and historical automata that explores their origins and significance in the ancient and modern worlds. It will intrigue anyone interested in mythology, ancient and modern robotics, and the genesis of artificial intelligence. ---Georgina J. Henderson, Technology and Culture-- "Enlightened Economist" Gods and Robots is an excellent discussion of ancient ideas of technology and the potential such technology had to transform the ancient world and to inform the contemporary one. . . .[this book provides] a key introduction to the field of classical reception. ---Alan Chadwick, Journal of Classics Teaching-- "The Inquisitive Biologist" [An] astonishing chronicle. ---Barbara Kiser, Nature-- "The Economist" [A] brilliant book.-- "Enlightened Economist" [A] masterful retelling of ancient tales. ---Clara Bosak-Schroeder, Bryn Mawr Classical Review-- "The Inquisitive Biologist" A fascinating unpacking of ancient myths that feature robots and other lifelike beings, some of which bear an eerie resemblance to modern technology. . . . In her insightful analyses of these tales, Mayor is approachable and engaging, and she infuses many familiar stories with new energy in the context of technology. She adroitly explores the ethical aspects of artificial life, addressing big questions about sentience and agency through the lens of ancient ideas. She also makes a convincing argument that these imagined machines anticipated advances that are considered cutting-edge today. Ultimately, she leaves readers in awe of these thinkers who dreamed of 'androids' long before it was conceivable to build them. A collection of wondrous tales that present ancient myths as the proto-science fiction stories they are.-- "Kirkus" Absorbing. . . . [Mayor is] an accessible and engaging writer. ---Peter Thonemann,

Dimensiones del paquete: 9.8 x 6.7 x 1.1 inches

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