8.3 – ALIENS & ROBOTS (8.7.15)

ANCIENT SOPHISTICATED ROBOTS [4c]

The Aegean Sea. April, 1900. Just 230 feet off the coast of the small island of Antikythera, sponge divers discover an ancient shipwreck 150 feet beneath the surface. Over the next two years, artifacts are recovered from the wreckage and among them are the remains of a coral-encrusted metal box that dates back to the 2nd-century BC. It is the oldest mechanical computer ever found, predating artifacts of similar complexity by 1,500 years.

“So you have this small little box with dozens of cogwheels on the inside, and it has been determined that that analog computer was used to predict astronomical events. And so it was the first computer that has ever been created by mankind.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“The American scientists who were studying the Antikythera device actually said that discovering the Antikythera device was like finding a jet plane in the tomb of King Tut. It was so amazing to them. They had never, ever conceived that the ancient Greeks, at 200 BC, would have had the knowledge of mechanical devices like this. That’s completely changed the way we perceive ancient history.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

While excavation teams have still not determined for certain the origin of the ship on which the Antikythera mechanism was found, the leading candidate is the island of Rhodes. According to some contemporary accounts, Rhodes was once home to what, by today’s standards, would be considered high technology.  In the 5th-century BC, the poet Pindar wrote that Rhodes was once adorned with statues that came to life like living, moving creatures.

“He wrote that they all of a sudden became alive, and so the question then arises: well, if you have a lifeless object first and then all of a sudden somebody breathes life into something, could it be that we have references to some type of machines?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“Where did the people of Rhodes get the knowledge of how to create these moving statues 2,500 years ago? I believe that it is just what Pindar said, which is, they got it from the gods. Well, who are these gods? The gods are real people, they’re extraterrestrials who had this technology, shared it with humanity. And now when we see the Antikythera mechanism, there’s something you can put your hands on that shows that they had the capability to do advanced machine work. It’s 1,500 years too early, at least. The point is, that technology really exists, and from a technology like that, going to robotics is not too much further. And extraterrestrials would very well have had that capability for the time. If you believe what this legend says on face value.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

Could the Antikythera mechanism be proof that the ancient Greeks had technology far in advance of the times in which they lived? And might this be evidence that there really were functioning robots on the island of Rhodes? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes and claim there is also evidence that advanced robots existed 300 miles to the north, on another Greek island: Lemnos.

Here lie the ruins of Hephaistia, one of the most important cities in Greece. It is named for the Greek god of metallurgy, Hephaestus, who was said to have fallen here from the sky and actually existed on Earth alongside humans.

“He’s described in his workshop as being surrounded by automated robots. He flips on the machines and they bustle around, doing all the sort of the hard busywork for him.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

One of Hephaestus’ most famous and amazing creations was Talos, a giant man made of bronze who protected the island of Crete.

“Talos was able to observe all of the ships approaching Crete and hurl stones at those ships. And he was able to release this heat, and thus incinerating any boat or anything that would come close to him. So, is it possible that Talos was some type of a machine or a robot?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Greece isn’t the only place where ancient stories can be found about inanimate objects that appear to come to life. The Jewish Talmud describes a clay figure called the Golem that could be brought to life by inserting a spell into its mouth. In India, an ancient Sanskrit text called the Lokapannatti tells of spirit movement machines as far back as the 5th-century BC. And the Chinese text the Lieh Tzu describes a humanoid robot being presented to King Mu as far back as 3,000 years ago.

“There are stories from many cultures from all over the planet of people who have either created other humans or machines that were very much like humans.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

But if sophisticated robots really did exist in the ancient world, what function did they serve? Who built them? And perhaps more importantly, what happened to them? On March 24, 2015, the Mars rover called Opportunity reaches the west rim of the It is searching for minerals and other evidence that might prove that life once existed here. It is one of several remote-controlled robots that, for more than a decade, have provided NASA with invaluable information about our closest alien planet.

“Well, NASA has successfully controlled robots over, you know, crazy distances. They would execute the plan here on the ground, then they would upload those instructions to the robot on Mars.”

Nic Radford
(Chief Technology Officer, Houston Mechatronics, Inc.)

Another NASA robot The humanoid Robonaut 2, works on the International Space Station. And in development is the so-called super robot, Valkyrie, which is designed to set up habitats and pave the way for humans on other planets.

“When humans go out into space it’s very difficult and dangerous and time-consuming. It’s far easier to send robots, and if that’s what we do, that’s sure as heck what extraterrestrials are gonna be doing.”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),
(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

But just as we are employing robots today to gather information and minimize risk to human life, could similar cybernetic technologies have existed in the ancient past? Could stories like that of Osiris, Talos, and the Golem be true? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes and believe that the proof can not only be found in the past, but right here in the present.

divider

Previous: Lifelike Artificial Intelligence | Next: Self-Replicating Machines

divider

References:

[1] Prometheus Entertainment. (2015). Ancient Aliens: Season 8. [DVD Back Cover]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2] History™. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.1 – Aliens BC.[Episode Description]. Retrieved: July 24, 2015, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-8.

[3] History™. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.2 – NASA’s Secret Agenda. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: July 31, 2015, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-8.

[4] History™. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.3 – Aliens & Robots. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: August 7, 2015, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-8.

[4a] Prometheus Entertainment. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.3 – Aliens & Robots. [DVD Footage: Introduction]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[4b] Prometheus Entertainment. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.3 – Aliens & Robots. [DVD Footage: Lifelike Artificial Intelligence]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[4c] Prometheus Entertainment. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.3 – Aliens & Robots. [DVD Footage: Ancient Sophisticated Robots]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[4d] Prometheus Entertainment. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.3 – Aliens & Robots. [DVD Footage: Self-Replicating Machines]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[4e] Prometheus Entertainment. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.3 – Aliens & Robots. [DVD Footage: The Greys]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[4f] Prometheus Entertainment. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.3 – Aliens & Robots. [DVD Footage: Transhumanism]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[4g] Prometheus Entertainment. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.3 – Aliens & Robots. [DVD Footage: Mind Uploading]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[5] History™. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.4 – Dark Forces. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: August 14, 2014, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-8.

[6] History™. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.5 – The Alien Evolution. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: August 21, 2015, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-8.

[7] History™. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.6 – The Other Earth. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: August 28, 2015, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-8.

[8] History™. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.7 – Creatures of the Deep. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: September 4, 2015, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-8.

[9] History™. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.8 – Circles From the Sky. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: September 18, 2015, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-8.

[10] History™. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.9 – The Alien Wars. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: September 25, 2015, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-8.

[11] History™. (2015). Ancient Aliens: 8.10 – The Forbidden Zones. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: October 9, 2015, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-8.

divider

Who were they?… Why did they come?… What did they leave behind?… Where did they go?… Will they return?…

%d bloggers like this: