The Turk in Wired

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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