Ursprünglich geschrieben von Ref:I do not consider Dwemer automations as robots. They do not have systems for that. As we can see, they are powered by soul gems. Automating these constructs is most likely a necromantic process. Instead of forcing the dead soul to animate it's original biological body, Dwemer used captured souls to animate mechanical bodies.That does not make them robots, but animated constructs.
Ursprünglich geschrieben von Ref:Hmm... possibilities of steam and several chemical components were well known in Earth far before the times of Rome. Yet it took two millenias for industrial revolution to begin.Magic is institutionalized in Tarmriel. While potential is there - as Earth had technical potential far before it took effect -, the constant threath of war and traditions of institutions may keep the magical industrial revolution at bay for several centuries, if not millenia.It did so in Earth, disincluding magic, but including academic traditions that kept (for example) concepts of political research away from universities, until the final quarter of 19th century.