It all started with automata like the Digesting Duck


Or the praying monk, built in South Germany or Spain around 1560.

Hear the story in this episode of Radiolab.

Or the Ultimate machine, theorized by Claude Shannon, the father of information theory:

Modern automata of the Cabaret Mechanical Theater

Existentialist mechanical sculptures by Arthur Ganson

Sprawling modular mechanisms by SOA alumn Greg Witt

Wind powered “beach animals” by Theo Jansen

Riotous robotic performances by the Survival Research Lab

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