I’ve recently published a new article on LinkedIn exploring the origins of simulation. Modern simulation tools and techniques are almost exclusively computer-based but the origins of simulation lie in in the remarkable achievements of two 18th century inventors, Jacques de Vaucanson and Wolfgang von Kempelen.
A longer version of this article will form part of the opening chapter of my new book on the history of automation and robotics. This chapter will trace the origins of robotics through the development of automata and mechanical toys. I’m pleased to report that I’ve now completed the first draft of this chapter and have started work on Chapter 2 which will cover the mechanisation of the textiles industry and the advent of the factory system during the Industrial Revolution.