An automaton is any moving mechanical object that performs a predetermined function based on programmed instructions. More often than not, the term is used in reference to mechanical devices designed to resemble living things and mimic lifelike movements and actions. Such automatons, which have a long history that stretches as far back as ancient Greece, are typically designed to appear as if they are moving independently. During the height of their popularity between the eighteenth and early... więcej
Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science, 2017. 2p.