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Ancient Greek technology
« on: Wednesday, 19 February, 2020 @ 02:22:39 »
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Robots, Clocks and Computers: How Ancient Greeks Got There First

A humanoid figure dressed as a maid holds a jug in its right hand and, as hidden gears click and whirr, lifts it and pours wine into a cup a bystander has placed into the palm of its left.

The robot is a recreation of the automatic servant of Philon, designed more than 2,200 years ago by a Greek engineer and operating though a complex mechanism of springs, weights and air pressure that also allowed it to dilute the alcohol with water.

It is the focal point of an exhibition of more than 100 inventions that highlight the vast extent of Ancient Greece's technological legacy and also features an analogue computer, an alarm clock and automatic fire doors.

The exhibition is on permanent display at the Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology in central Athens.
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/02/18/technology/18reuters-greece-technology-museum.html