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New exhibition explores the quest to make machines human

Daily Mail - Science & tech

An army of robots has invaded London's Science Museum on a mission to teach humans their 500-year-old history. Opening on Wednesday, the new exhibition explores humanity's centuries old quest to re-imagine people as moving, talking and thinking machines. More than 100 robots are on display, ranging from a 16th century automaton monk to characters from science fiction films and research lab creations. London's Science Museum is hosting an exhibition to teach visitors about the rise of the robots over the last 500 years. Pictured is a Telenoid communication android from Japan on display.


Robots at the museum, but for how much longer?

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For me this question has always been the defining moment of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic, Blade Runner. Deckard, the policeman anti-hero played by Harrison Ford, has just discovered that Rachel, the self-possessed personal assistant to the founder of the Tyrell Corporation, is in fact one of the company's advanced replicants: a robot. His question to Dr Eldon Tyrell is loaded with the certainty of bigotry -- that repeated'it'. But Deckard's uncertainty about Rachel, and the essential differences between humans and machines, is just the beginning of a process of disorientation that pursues him all the way to the film's brutal but surprising climax. That we have yet to reach the dark dystopia of Blade Runner in real life is pretty obvious -- just look around you.


Retro 1920s robot may get a second chance at life: Eric to be resurrected to chart 500-year history of our obsession with droids

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Throughout history, artists and scientists have sought to understand what it means to be human and create machines in our own image. Soon, an important member of the the remarkable 500-year history of humanoid robots could be brought back to life. London's Science Museum has launched its first Kickstarter campaign, which aims to raise funds to rebuild Eric – the UK's first robot. The Science Museum hopes a lost robot named Eric will be part of the exhibition (pictured here before it disappeared). It was the UK's first humanoid and toured the world wowing audiences The forthcoming show at London's Science Museum will include a collection of more than 100 robots from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research lab.


The Robots exhibition sees machines to go on display to chart 500-year history

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Throughout history, artists and scientists have sought to understand what it means to be human and create machines in our own image. Soon, a new exhibition will explore our obsession to recreate ourselves, revealing the remarkable 500-year history of humanoid robots. The forthcoming show at London's Science Museum will include a collection of more than 100 robots from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research lab. Soon, a new exhibition will explore our obsession to recreate ourselves, revealing the remarkable 500-year-old history of humanoid robots. It will enable visitors to discover the cultural, historical and technological context of humanoid robots and let them interact with 12 working humanoids on display.


Science Museum's trove of robotic delights holds a mirror to human society

The Guardian

He stood and bowed and answered questions as blue sparks shot from his metallic teeth. The British creation was such a hit he went on tour around the world. When he arrived in New York, in 1929, a theatre nightwatchman was so alarmed he pulled out a gun and shot at him. The curators at London's Science Museum hope for a less extreme reaction when they open Robots, their latest exhibition, on Wednesday. The collection of more than 100 objects is a trove of delights: a miniature iron man with moving joints; a robotic swan that enthralled Mark Twain; a tiny metal woman with a wager cup who is propelled by a mechanism hidden up her skirt.