What is the history of automata?

  1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    What is the history of automata?

    I just discovered this, or rather just found out the name for it. What are some of your favorite automata? My favorites are the mechanical toys.

  2. PDXBuys profile image76
    PDXBuysposted 6 years ago

    When writing a research paper on artificial intelligence I remember reading about "The Digesting Duck" by Jacques de Vaucanson, hailed in 1739 as the first automaton capable of digestion.  Now we have Japanese androids with incredibly realistic facial expressions.  What next?

  3. BRIAN SLATER profile image88
    BRIAN SLATERposted 6 years ago

    Hi, the history of automata goes back to the Greeks, since then India and europeans have had plenty of influence in taking this foreward. Automata covers a vast range from robotics to dolls and mechano sets in the 60/70's. As both you and I were bought up through those years we were often given toys that had moving parts to entertain us.  From these toys, engineers have used the concepts to bring about change in every day life. A modern car plant with all it's robots is a good example. Like you my personal favorites are the ones I can remember from my childhood.