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I use these conditions to explain how and why father and son Jaquet-Droz built the harpsichord-playing woman automaton and what the automaton’s purpose and status were in their lives. I argue 1. Roland Carrera, F. Faessler, and other Swiss historians describe Pierre Jaquet-Droz as a pioneer of Swiss clock-making and a student of Johann and Daniel Bernoulli in Basel. Carrera, Loiseau, and Roux, Androiden; Faessler, “250e anniversaire”; Beiträge der Schweiz zur Technik. Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann interprets the Jaquet-Droz automata as products of the contemporary mechanistic philosophy.
Riskin, “Defecating Duck,” 620. This distinction has important epistemological valences for Riskin’s general argument about automata. 72. Kempelen, Mechanismus der menschlichen Sprache (1791). See also Heckmann, Die andere Schöpfung, 253. 73. , Riskin, “Defecating Duck,” 618–19. Apparently it was much easier for the machine to produce French, Italian, and Latin words than German words. See also Hankins and Silvermann, Instruments and the Imagination, chap. 8. 35 CHAPTER ONE father and son Jaquet-Droz, developed a series of mechanical spectacles in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, among them two magicians that still exist.
70 He became most famous for building the famous hoax automaton that displayed a chess player. 72 The same treatise also describes the speaking machine in depth, with the explicit suggestion that readers study and improve the machine’s principle. The machine consisted of a set of bellows, acting as lungs, and a rubber mouth, connected through a resonator box. 73 The Maillardet family, who were clockmakers from La Chaux-de-Fonds and apprentices and co-workers of 68. Heckmann, Die andere Schöpfung, 238; Beyer, Faszinierende Welt der Automaten, 57.
Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self by Adelheid Voskuhl