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History of Automation: Water Clocks – Water as Automation and an Alternate Energy Source

For millennia, humans have been using water as an energy source. There are early examples of hydropower, where energy could be created by attaching a paddlewheel to a device to harness the rotary power provided by the energy of flowing water. Millers have used this technique for thousands of years to refine grains. Other, more novel ideas have been used over the centuries to use the properties of water to advantage. Continue reading