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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.
More than blindsight: Case report of a child with extraordinary visual capacity following perinatal bilateral occipital lobe injury
Here’s an article on the history of robots, and their fictional depictions.
Ancient dreams of intelligent machines: 3,000 years of robots
Here’s something about automatons as ancestors of today’s robots.
Automatons: the Ancestors of the Current Robots
Here’s a video on a replica of Hero’s programmable cart.
New Scientist recreates a robot made by the ancient Greeks
Here’s an article about the automatons created by Heron.
Automata Invented by Heron of Alexandria
And here’s an article about Leonardo da Vinci’s self-propelled cart.