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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we meet the robot saints—sculptures made of wood and wire, of cams and pulleys, made during medieval times—that might just help us understand this new age of AI. You can learn more about the inventions by reading this 2015 paper from Christopher Swift, a specialist in medieval theater at the New York City College of Technology!

Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible site, and along the way you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Join us daily, Monday through Thursday, to explore a new wonder with cofounder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters.

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