BookTuber Tuesday – Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology, Adrienne Mayor’

 

See also: GODS IN OUR MACHINES BY G.B. GABBLER

Read the first 10 pages from THE PRE-PROGRAMMING, sequel to the mythpunk book THE AUTOMATION:

https://embed.wattpad.com/story/1677633420

Mark your calendars! Our new pub date is here:

The ebook release date is now November 27th!

“‘The first robot to walk the earth was a bronze giant called Talos”

 

‘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 the compelling, richly illustrated Gods and Robots, 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.’

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GABBLER RECOMMENDS: “The ancient Greeks would have loved Alexa” by Peter Stothard

 

“Among the myths of Ancient Greece the Cyclops has become forever famous, the Talos not so much. While both were monsters who hurled giant boulders at Mediterranean shipping, the Cyclops, who attacked Odysseus on his way home from Troy was a monster like us, the son of a god, an eater, a drinker, a sub-human with feelings. The Talos was more alien, by some accounts a mere machine, manufactured in metal by a god and pre-programmed only to sink ships and roast invaders alive, a cross between a Cruise missile launcher and an automatic oven.”

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