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

  • Nadia Ambrosetti
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 325)

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.

Keywords

automata design sorcery science technology feed-back control history magic robot robotics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadia Ambrosetti
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Informatica e ComunicazioneUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanoItaly

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