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Wonder, Sorcery, and Technology: Contribute to the History of Medieval Robotics

Abstract : The paper considers some Medieval sources about imagined or actually studied automata, to make a contribution to the reconstruction of the cultural landscape of a period that, from the technological point of view, is commonly regarded as less interesting than others. It will be shown that the idea of an automatic device or system, capable of performing not necessarily simple tasks, of measuring its own state and of taking action based on it, was well established in the Medieval mind, even though sometimes connected with magic.
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Nadia Ambrosetti. Wonder, Sorcery, and Technology: Contribute to the History of Medieval Robotics. IFIP WG 9.7 International Conference on History of Computing (HC) / Held as Part of World Computer Congress (WCC), Sep 2010, Brisbane, Australia. pp.16-25, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-15199-6_3⟩. ⟨hal-01054650⟩



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