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Today’s culture obsesses over the topics of robotics, artificial intelligence, and transhumanism. These ideas are timeless, however, and were explored in ancient Greek myths and philosophy. We take a journey into humanity’s eternal impulse to create sentient tech – from the tale of Talos to the rebellion of Prometheus, from Aristotle’s speculation on slave automatons to early attempts at cyborgs. In ancient and modern times, we keep running into demiurges on Olympus and their machinations to make man into an obedient replicant.

Astral Guest – Adrienne Mayor, author of Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology, as well as research scholar in Classics and the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Program at Stanford.

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