The Turk was a chess playing machine hoax from the 18th century... and an impressive piece of work.  It fascinated many, including names from history you would know.

The Turk was a chess playing machine hoax from the 18th century... and an impressive piece of work. It fascinated many, including names from history you would know.

#automaton #the Turk The Turk, also known as the Mechanical Turk or Automaton Chess Player (German: Schachtürke, "chess Turk"' Hungarian: A Török), was a fake chess-playing machine constructed in the late 18th century. From 1770 until its destruction by fire in 1854, it was exhibited by various owners as an automaton, though it was exposed in the early 1820s as an elaborate hoax.

#automaton #the Turk The Turk, also known as the Mechanical Turk or Automaton Chess Player (German: Schachtürke, "chess Turk"' Hungarian: A Török), was a fake chess-playing machine constructed in the late 18th century. From 1770 until its destruction by fire in 1854, it was exhibited by various owners as an automaton, though it was exposed in the early 1820s as an elaborate hoax.

1770 - "The Turk" Chess Automaton - Wolfgang von Kempelen (Hungarian) - cyberneticzoo.com

1770 - "The Turk" Chess Automaton - Wolfgang von Kempelen (Hungarian) - cyberneticzoo.com

Think your good at chess?  Then try a game with "The Turk" an Automaton that has never lost a chess match even with the most highly skilled chess masters.

Think your good at chess? Then try a game with "The Turk" an Automaton that has never lost a chess match even with the most highly skilled chess masters.

Object of Intrigue: The Turk, a Mechanical Chess Player that Unsettled the World - Warnings over the perils of artificial intelligence arms races have made headlines of late, but debates over the possibilities of AI have been raging for a long time....

Object of Intrigue: The Turk, a Mechanical Chess Player that Unsettled the World

Object of Intrigue: The Turk, a Mechanical Chess Player that Unsettled the World - Warnings over the perils of artificial intelligence arms races have made headlines of late, but debates over the possibilities of AI have been raging for a long time....

The Turk Automaton {History Specials - Lost Magic Decoded} This is the automaton to which Walter Benjamin refers in "Theses on the philosophy of history"

The Turk Automaton {History Specials - Lost Magic Decoded} This is the automaton to which Walter Benjamin refers in "Theses on the philosophy of history"

Object of Intrigue: The Turk, a Mechanical Chess Player that Unsettled the World | Atlas Obscura http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/object-of-intrigue-the-turk

Object of Intrigue: The Turk, a Mechanical Chess Player that Unsettled the World

Object of Intrigue: The Turk, a Mechanical Chess Player that Unsettled the World | Atlas Obscura http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/object-of-intrigue-the-turk

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