Of course course no scientist, or natural philosopher as they were then called, would have taken these machine seriously, as they were mere amusements for the wealthy. Yet, we can assume that Charles Babbage would have been intrigued, and even he considered building fairground automata that played games for a time.
The following video is one of a series that showcases the remarkable work of Pierre Jaquet-Droz.
from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
In praise of... Pierre Jaquet-Droz
Posted by Ian Watson