Living Dolls: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life
By: Gaby Wood (author)Paperback
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"Living Dolls" tells the story of humanity's age-old obsession with moving dolls and speaking robots, intelligent machines and bionic men - and it gives the history of ingenious inventors and their fantastical creations. Could an 18th-century mechanical duck really digest and excrete its food? Was the "Automatic Turk", a celebrated chess-playing machine that toured around Europe, a fake? Why did the great inventor Thomas Edison go to so much effort to mass produce a speaking mechanical child? What happened to the family of midgets who pretended to be dolls? And how can a 21st-century robot express human emotions?
Gaby Wood was born in 1971. She read French at Cambridge University and is the author of a short work of non-fiction, The Smallest of All Persons Mentioned in the Records of Littleness. She has contributed to the Guardian and the London Review of Books, and is now a staff writer on the Observer. Living Dolls is her first full-length book.
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