automaton
Sometimes, a machine that imitates the behaviour of a conscious agent without itself being one. On this definition we ourselves are not automata, but the theory of how we differ from an automaton is not obvious (see mind–body problem, behaviourism, functionalism ). More widely, any machine running according to a program may be thought of as an automaton, and the question whether that includes us is then open. See also Turing test.

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  • automaton — (n.) 1610s, from L. automaton (Suetonius), from Gk. automaton, neut. of automatos self acting, from autos self (see AUTO (Cf. auto )) + matos thinking, animated, willing, from PIE *mn to , from root *men to think (see MIND …   Etymology dictionary

  • Automaton — Au*tom a*ton, n.; pl. L. {Automata}, E. {Automatons}. [L. fr. Gr. ?, neut. of ? self moving; ? self + a root ma, man, to strive, think, cf. ? to strive. See {Mean}, v. i.] 1. Any thing or being regarded as having the power of spontaneous motion… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Automaton —   [engl.], Automat …   Universal-Lexikon

  • AUTOMATON — quibusdam idem cum pegmate, de quo suô locô: Sueton. tamen in Claudio c. 34. distinguit: Si autαὐτόματον, aut pegma, vel tale quid aliud parum cessisset: de Automato in Physicis, vide infra, ubi de Perpetuo motu; ubi de Αὐτοματοποιητικῇ, seu… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • automaton — has the plural form automata when understood collectively and automatons when understood individually. See Latin plurals …   Modern English usage

  • automaton — ► NOUN (pl. automata or automatons) 1) a moving mechanical device resembling a human being. 2) a machine which operates according to coded instructions. ORIGIN Greek, from automatos acting of itself …   English terms dictionary

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