Babylonians develop the clepsydra, a clock that measurestime using the flow of water. It's considered one of the first"robotic" devices in history.For centuries, inventors will refine the design. Around 270 BC, the Greek inventor Ctesibius becomesfamous for a water clock with moving figures on it.
The Greek philosopher Aristotle imagines the great utility of robots, writing, "If every tool, when ordered, or even of its
own accord, could do the work that befits it … then there
would be no need either of apprentices for the master workers or of slaves for the lords."