In the late 18th century, an Austrian inventor began touring the royal houses of Europe with what he claimed was a chess-playing automaton. Rulers and aristocrats queued up to pit their wits against the life-sized model called ‘The Turk’, oblivious to the fact that there was actually a man hidden inside. One of its victims was Napoleon Bonaparte, who was reportedly so incensed at losing to a machine that he swept the pieces off the...
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