Starting more than 2000 years ago, people have been creating machines that resemble animals and humans. Powered by water, compressed air, springs or falling weights, these automatons thrilled and amazed spectators.
Here’s a reference for Monday’s segment.
Here’s an article on the history of robots, and their fictional depictions.
Here’s something about automatons as ancestors of today’s robots.
Here’s a video on a replica of Hero’s programmable cart.
Here’s an article about the automatons created by Heron.
And here’s an article about Leonardo da Vinci’s self-propelled cart.