Adrienne Mayor looking at the camera and smiling

Gods and Robots: Myths and Ancient Dreams of Technology

A Lecture by Adrienne Mayor
Mar 3, 2020, 3:45 PM, Mar 4, 2020, 12:45 PM
Newhouse Center for the Humanities
Free and open to the public

Gods and Robots: Myths and Ancient Dreams of Technology
Tuesday, March 3rd, 3:45-5:15pm
Newhouse Center Lounge

Who first imagined robots? As early as Homer, Greek myths envisioned automated servants, self-moving devices, and AI—and grappled with ethical concerns about technology.

This talk explores how some of today’s most advanced innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence were foreshadowed in classical antiquity.

Adrienne Mayor is a research scholar in classics and the history of science at Stanford University. Her most recent book is Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology; other books include The First Fossil Hunters, The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women; and a biography of Mithradates, The Poison King (National Book Award finalist).

Open Class Session
Wednesday, March 4th, 12:45-1:45pm
Newhouse Center Lounge

An open class session for Wellesley College students. Lunch will be provided.

Generously supported by:

Co-sponsored by the Newhouse Center for the Humanities, the Department of Classical Studies, and the Department of Computer Science.