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If love: Even in ancient China, we learn from a text written in the 3rd century by Lie Zi, there was an automaton crafted by Yan Shi, a mechanical engineer, who supplicated to King Mu of Zhou (1023-957), a life-size human figure that walked, that winked its eye at court ladies, and that was made only of leather, wood, glue and lacquer: white, black, red and blue lacquer. All the internal organs were present as a sort of visual gift. A condescension. If the King removed its heart, this poor creature could not speak. So much poetry had gone into the crafting of a monster. Nobody knows or knew whence its muscles, its bones and limbs with joints, skin, its teeth and hair the King loved to finger. Perhaps it is best never ask. There is a darkness to such editing. The King continued to explore his new beloved. If he removed the liver, its eyes went blank. If he stole its kidneys, the legs could no longer cross the ballroom. The King was delighted.

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