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Edison's Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life

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During the eighteenth century, the inventor Jacques de Vaucanson created a mechanical duck that seemingly could digest and excrete its food. A few decades later, Europeans fell in love with ?the Turk,? a celebrated chess-playing machine built in 1769. Thomas Edison was obsessed for years with making a talking mechanical doll, one of his few failures as an inventor. In our own time, scientists at MIT are trying to build a robot with emotions of its own.

What lies behind our age-old pursuit to create mechanical life? What does this pursuit tell us about human nature? In Edison?s Eve Gaby Wood traces the history of robotics, from its most brilliant inventions to its most ingenious hoaxes. Joining lively anecdote with literary, cultural, and philosophical insights, Wood offers a captivating and learned work of science and history.

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An engaging and informative of our age-old obsession with "making life, " from Mary Shelley and Thomas Edison to the A.I. lab at MIT. Advertising.

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Gaby Wood attended Cambridge University and has been a regular contributor to The Guardian and the London Review of Books. She is the author of a short work of nonfiction, The Smallest of All Persons Mentioned in the Records of Littleness, and is now living in London, where she is a staff writer for The Observer. This is her first full-length book

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pebbeb, August 6, 2007 (view all comments by pebbeb)
A fascinating read. The author writes in the beginning, "Every time an inventor tries to simulate life mechanically, he is in fact accentuating his own mortality." It deals with the uncertainty of the living with the lifelike: humans and automata. Gaby Wood deals with both the fear and awe we have with machines, especially in making them more human. She covers everything from literature, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, to cinema, Metropolis. This book also influenced one of my favorite recent novels The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400031580
Author:
Wood, Gaby
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Robotics
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence - General
Subject:
Intelligence (AI) & Semantics
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence-Robotics
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PAGES OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.02x5.15x.73 in. .70 lbs.

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