Robots have long been implemented in Western society, beginning with Greek Philosopher and mathematician Archytas, who was said to have constructed a small bird out of wood and used steam to power its movements. Conjuring images of the autonomous owl in the film classic Clash of the Titans, the robotic bird Archytas built was then suspended from a pivot bar that allowed it to fly as much as 200 meters before it ran out of steam!

Archytas may have been the first to attempt to create devices that would mimic the functions of nature according to the will of man,

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

3 Replies to “Robonomics: Military Robots of the Future and Medieval Animated Anti-Men

  1. Your tale of Albertus Magnus reminded me of my youth’s readings. In Anne Rice’s ‘The Vampire Lestat’, Lestat explains how he was forced into becoming a vampire by an old undead called Magnus, who once was an alchemist seeking immortality.

    Also, the ideas of implanting human souls into metal armors, and the creation of homunculus, is one of the reasons I became fascinated with the Anime Full Metal Alchemist.

    And even a more recent depiction of an alchemical homunculus can be seen in Tim Burton’s 9

  2. In my book ‘Free Energy Pioneer: John Woreel Keely’ published by IllumiNet Press in 1998, the second part is entitled ‘The Secrets Of Occult technology’. In there I cite numerous examples of automatons, artificial humans, homunculi, golems, robotic creatures and talking heads as reported by the ancients.



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