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The Mechanical Mind in History$
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Phil Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083775

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.001.0001

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The Robot Story: Why Robots Were Born and How They Grew Up

The Robot Story: Why Robots Were Born and How They Grew Up

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The Mechanical Mind in History

Jana Horáková

Jozef Kelemen

The MIT Press

This chapter presents a detailed account of the origins of the work of Czech journalist and writer Karel Čapek (1890–1938), tracing its roots to the dreams and folk tales of old Europe. It shows how it was a product of its troubled times and how the idea of robots was interpreted in different ways in Europe and America as it seeped into the collective unconscious. The new dreams and images thus created inspired future generations of machine intelligence researchers.

Keywords:   Karel Čapek, robots, machine intelligence

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