The prestigious London Science Museum is inviting anyone interested in science to visit the first robotics exhibition. The museum’s newest section showcases over 100 exhibits from all corners of the globe encompassing over 500 years of innovation and research in the area of robotics.
Ben Russel, the curator of the new robotics exhibition hosted at the London Science Museum, declared that one of the reasons he decided to put together this rather unusual exhibition is that people were and will always be afraid of machines taking over the world.
From the days of the earliest TV movies featuring sentient machines, humanity has expressed its hidden fear regarding this new world order. Think about the Terminator series or even Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey – all of them tell the story of how machines managed to usurp their formed human master.
In a recent press statement, Russel admitted that sometimes, robots are being demonized in fiction and that with his exhibition he wants to prove, once and for all, that they are our friends and are quite obedient.
The exhibition’s curator considers that robots should not be fear or loathed, but rather looked upon as useful companions. He added that, in the not-so-distant-future, automatons would be able to help us with menial task or work in hazardous environments.
According to a London Science Museum spokesperson, the robotics exhibitions will be opened to the public on the 8th of February until the 3rd of September. The pavilion will contain roughly 100 exhibits from all periods, from the modern Atlas-like automatons to the earliest mechanical beings.
The exhibition’s curator said that one the attraction of London Science Museum’s newest section is, without a doubt, the 16th-century mechanical monk.
Considered to be a feat of mechanical engineering, the tiny monk is still fully functional; even it was made more than 400 years ago. Dubbed the clockwork monk, this invention is associated with the name of Juanelo Turriano, master clockmaker and an artist who was held in high regard at Emperor Charles V’s court.
The metal figurine depicting a monk has a highly complex clock-like mechanism, which allows it to move its head, torso, arms, and even eyes. From time to time, Turriano’s clockwork monk would lift up its right hand and kiss the rosary beads he’s grasping. The mechanical figurine has been the delight of many researchers who tried to uncover master Turriano’s secrets by using modern-day investigation techniques.
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