A Striking Array of Humanoid Imagery


A Striking Array of Humanoid Imagery

Throughout history, we have sought to understand what it means to be human. Our quest to build ever more complex robots has transformed the understanding of ourselves. Today, robots are becoming increasingly human, learning from mistakes and even expressing emotions. Some fascinated by the breakthrough but some not—whilst robots are becoming widely used not only as toys but for cleaning and nursing, British remain sceptical of them.

In the hope of changing this, the Science Museum is hosting a bold and compelling show. From the dawn of automata to cutting-edge technology fresh from the laboratory, the new Robots exhibition, opening in February, will reveal the remarkable 500-year story of humanoid robots. This exhibition will enable visitors to discover cultural, historical and technological context of humanoid robots, featuring a unique collection of over 100 robots including an articulated iron manikin from the 16th century and the six-foot-tall Cygan. Visitors can also interact with some of the 12 working robots on display. The extent to which the show can change the British view of robots is yet to be seen.

Text by Michiko Kagawa

Science Museum
Address: Exhibition Road, London SW7
Tel: 020-7942-4000
Access: South Kensington
Opening hours: 10:00am-6:00pm
Open every day
General admission: £15
The exhibition open until 3 September 2017
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum The mischievous robotic receptionist Inhka was installed at King’s College London until 2015. Capable of speaking and moving its head, the robot was engineered at the university 13 years ago.
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum This 16th-century mechanical monk is the oldest robot to be exhibited in the forthcoming show.
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum Robina was developed to promote Toyota’s vision of the personal robots we might own one day.


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