Automata: The Extraordinary "Robots" Designed Hundreds Of Years Ago
Automata: The Extraordinary "Robots" Designed Hundreds Of Years Ago
Documentary presented by Professor Simon Schaffer which charts the amazing and untold story of automata - extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life.

The film brings the past to life in vivid detail as we see how and why these masterpieces were built. Travelling around Europe, Simon uncovers the history of these machines and shows us some of the most spectacular examples, from an entire working automaton city to a small boy who can be programmed to write and even a device that can play chess.

All the machines Simon visits show a level of technical sophistication and ambition that still amazes today.

Guinness Collection of Automatic Musical Instruments and Automata

Demonstration of David Roentgen's Automaton of Queen Marie Antoinette, The Dulcimer Player

The Draughtsman-Writer

Automaton in the Form of a Monk

Reproduction of the Chess Player (The Turk)

Clock in the Form of Diana on Her Chariot, ca.1610

Miraculous Writing Machine

Musical Automaton Clock with Spinet and Organ

Clock in the Form of an Elephant, ca.1600

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