Famous Hoaxes – The Turk chess machine

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Chess playing turk!

The Turk

The Turk was a fake chess-playing machine constructed in 1770. The elaborate machine was designed to look like a Turkish-dressed robot that could defeat even the best human chess players.

The Turk toured the world for nearly 84 years, beating chess masters, including Benjamin Franklin, and impressing many people with its supposed artificial intelligence. In fact, all along the robot’s body was occupied by a real person hidden inside.

Originally posted 2016-04-05 08:33:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter