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Wired has published an excerpt of The Mechanical Turk in its latest issue (10.03). It briefly tells the automaton’s story and then examines why the Turk struck such a chord with audiences in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. The article is one of several related pieces in the magazine on artificial intelligence, a subject that is suddenly fashionable again. Articles in Technology Review and The Economist are also propagating the “AI is back” meme. Its emergence coincides with the publication of a number of books (mine included) on the history of automata, machines that imitate living things. Ah, historical parallels…

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