Autonomous Systems Behaviour

  • Derek Hitchins
Conference paper


Autonomous machines have fascinated people for millennia. The Ancient Greeks told of Talos, the Man of Bronze, whose supposedly mythical existence has been given unexpected credence by the recent discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism. Could the Greeks really have created a giant mechanical man to protect Europa in Crete against pirates and invaders? Long before that, the Ancient Egyptians created the Great Pyramid of Khufu as an autonomous psychic machine to project the soul (ka) of the King to the heavens where he was charged with negotiating good Inundations with the heavenly gods.


Tacit Knowledge Situation Awareness World Model Mission Management Land Vehicle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Derek Hitchins
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  1. 1.Cranfield UniversityCranfieldUK

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