This essay explores a similarity between the way people approached the relation of life to machinery during the second half of the eighteenth century, and the way they have been exploring this relation during the second half of the twentieth century and turn of the twenty-first. The essay describes a moment of intense interest in producing artificial life, from the 1730s to the 1790s, examines what set the
projects of this moment apart from previous and subsequent ways of conceiving the relations between animal and artificial machinery, and closes with some speculation about the similarity bctween the two epochs in the history of artificial life, then and now.
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