"YOU NOTICE HER FACE, WHICH IS BEAUTIFUL.”
are a product of the last century. But mankind has been trying to create automated machines for far longer than that. There are plenty of myths about automata, selfoperating machines, in the ancient world; the Greek god Hephaestus created talking mechanical servants out of gold, the Jews animated clay golems by writing holy words on their foreheads, and a robot made of leather and wood apparently entertained King Mu’s court in old China.
None of these fables can be proven, but there are pieces of reality that have managed to survive the decay of time.