(ORDO NEWS) — There is a legend that the world’s oldest robot was created in Ancient Greece. And he even had the name Talos. But how and who created it? Did he even exist? Let’s try to figure it out.
According to myths, there are three options for creating this miracle of technical thought. The first one says that after Zeus stole Europa and sent her to the island of Crete, he gave her three gifts, and one of them was Talos.
According to the second version of the giant, Hephaestus was forged with a Cyclops and then presented to King Minos.
And according to the latest version, Talos was possibly Minos’s brother. In these myths, he had the appearance of a bull, since people of that time compared his image to a minotaur.
Translated from the ancient Greek Talos means the Sun, this metal robot was the protector of the entire island of Crete, bypassing the island three times in one day. He protected him from the intrusions of strangers, throwing stones at their ships, and if they still managed to get to the shore, then this copper robot plunged into the fires of the volcano and, having heated up red hot there, rushed at the enemies.
This guard even made sure that no one left the island without the permission of King Minos, and three times a year he came to local settlements with copper tablets of the laws of Minos. Jason and the Argonauts faced this copper defender, but they could not defeat the giant of metal until he himself, fighting off the attack, ran into sharp stones with his weak point. And his Achilles Heel was a small vein on his ankle in which fluid was flowing, and without it the car could not move.
If we take these myths seriously, then Talos was most likely a metaphorical embodiment of the war with mainland Greece. But still it cannot be denied that such a robot or something similar could actually exist, since everyone knows that the ancient Greeks were a very inventive people. And perhaps people have witnessed the creation of such a machine by someone else from the outside …
We know very little about the Cretan civilization. There is another similar legend that the ancient Greek mathematician Archytas built a machine in 350 BC, which not only looked like a bird, but could also fly due to ascending air currents. So maybe in the future, thanks to the development of our own technologies, we will be able to refute or prove these traditions.
We must not forget that Troy was once a myth …
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