Profile: Jessica Riskin

Professor of History

Jessica Riskin is Professor of History at Stanford University. Her teaching and scholarship concern the history of European science, ideas, culture and politics. Her new book, released last month, is The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument Over What Makes Living Thing Tick.

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The Long Prehistory of Artificial Intelligence

Defecating ducks, talking busts, and mechanised Christs — Jessica Riskin on the wonderful history of automata, machines built to mimic the processes of intelligent life.

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