Robots From The Ancient World
Is it possible that the rise of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in our own time is merely the continuation of a technology that has existed since Ancient Times?
This may be possible if we consider descriptions in Ancient Texts from Ancient Sumer, Greece, China and India which suggest that humans have been familiar with the concept of Robots and Automatons for Thousands of years.
In The Epic Of Gilgamesh, we have Gilgamesh and his companion Enkidu travelling to the Cedar Forest on Mount Lebanon where they encounter and behead Humbaba, the Guardian Of The Cedar Forest.
Humbaba the Guardian is described as a fierce one-eyed fire breathing creature whose eye and breath could strike men dead.
From this description as well as the account of the battle involving Humbaba, Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the Cedar Forest, it has been suggested that Humbaba may have actually been some kind of Intelligent Android Robotic weapon used for performing the specific task of defending the Cedar Forest by the Anunnaki Gods.
In Greek mythology we have the story of Talos, the giant Bronze Automaton who guarded the island of Crete by throwing boulders at ships of unwanted visitors and invaders.
Talos is most known from the story of jason and the Argonauts where his task was to run around Crete three times a day and repel unwelcome visitors by either hurling huge stones at their ships or by heating himself red hot, and then holding them in a fiery embrace.
The legend of Talos once again reveals the possibility of an Ancient Automaton programmed to perform a specific function.
In Ancient China we encounter the story of an engineer named Yong Chi who presented the King with the gift of a life-sized Automaton which was able to move and perform several impressive feats like singing, walking and entertaining the King’s guests.
The Automaton was taken apart at the instance of the King to reveal an Artificial entity made of a complete set of artificial organs that could not speak or perform once its artificial Heart was removed.
In this story, we may also have the story of an Ancient Android that was inoperable once its Core was removed.
Last but not least, we have the Robert of Ancient India In the legend of the Ajatashatru guards who may have been Robotic automatons.
In Indian legend, these Ancient Robots carried out tasks like Trade, Farming and Executing Criminals.
In the Legend of the Ajatashatru Guards, the closely guarded secrets of Robot making and animation are stolen by a young Artisan and used to build automated soldiers for King Ajatashatru.
Control of this Army of Robots later passes onto another King after a series of violent battles fought with the Robots themselves.
Given that in Ancient India we already have stories of techologically advanced vehicles, and Ancient atomic warfare in the Vimana Epics, its no surprise that Ancient Indian legends would suggest the posibility of Robots and Autmatons in India’s past.
In the final analysis, the possibility of Ancient Robots is intriguing.
Whilst there is no firm evidence, Ancient accounts suggest the existence of Mechanical Automatons that were used for simple tasks as Soldiers, Guards or Entertainers in the Ancient world.
The mechanism by which these Automatons were brought to life or programmed is not clear.
Some suggest Ancient mystical magical secrets on the art of Animation were used, but it may also have been due to some Ancient software or code we are yet to discover.
In our own time, the technology of Robotics has come full circle as we develop more advanced forms of Artificial Intelligence to take over more complex tasks.