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John Cohen

Since the myths of creation were composed, writes John Cohen, men have tried to emulate the gods. Is the twentieth-century computer capable of the daemonic urge?

The mechanical duck, constructed by Jacques de Vaucanson (1709-1782), inventor of silk-weaving machinery.

John Cohen traces the ancestry of modern automation back through the curious mechanical inventions of past centuries to the twilight figures of remote mythology.

John Cohen muses on the significance of death in literature and politics throughout history.