Robotics: Hephaestus Does It Again

  • Jean-Paul Laumond
Part of the Cognitive Science and Technology book series (CSAT)


After browsing through half a century of robotics research, the chapter emphasizes on motion autonomy as the key attribute of robots. The presentation follows a guiding thread inspired by an ancient myth accounting for the universally debated relationship between science and technology. In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was a talented craftsman. Enamoured with Athena, he attempted to seduce her, in vain. The goddess of “knowing” withstood the advances of the god of “doing”. Robotics stems from this tension. Although the myth contradicts a current tendency to confuse science and technology, it nevertheless reflects the experience of the author as a roboticist.


Mobile Robot Configuration Space Humanoid Robot Industrial Robot Parallel Robot 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LAAS-CNRSToulouse Cedex 4France

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