Every day we push the boundaries of human understanding ever further. A couple of decades ago, things like virtual reality or sheet-thin mobile phones would have been considered science-fiction, but they are now part of our everyday life. Robots have always been the subject of fascination and our fear.
Although we are well-aware of the fact that robots could make our lives easier, we secretly dread the day when they will free themselves of humanity’s yoke. Automatons are quite often the subject of fear since they are designed to perform any type of job faster and more efficiently than any human being can.
Ben Russell, a robots and robotics enthusiasts from the United Kingdom, believes that we have nothing to fear from the robots and, to this end, he put together the largest robots exhibition in the world with the help of London’s Science Museum.
According to Russel, tourists and science enthusiasts will be able to visit the robots exhibition hosted by London’s Science Museum beginning on the 8th of February. The museum will keep hosting the exhibition until the 3rd of September.
The new room dedicated to humanity’s dream of constructing an artificial being will contain 100 robots. According to Russell, the room will be divided into five section, each of them corresponding to a different epoch.
In addition, it would seem that one of the exhibits dates back to 15th-century Spain. Considered to be one of the oldest automaton in the world, the clockwork monk, whose creation is formally attributed to Juanelo Tuarriano, a clockmaker, and artist.
Although the figurine is more than four centuries old, it’s in perfect condition, as if it was assembled a few years ago. The mechanical monk can turn its head, mouth, eyes, and even arms. At a regular interval, the mechanical monk would kiss the rosary bead he’s holding in his right hand.
The robots exhibition contains more modern pieces as well, such as a Terminator replica, Robby the Robot, the Japanese child-like robot who likes reading newspapers, Kaspar, the android who’s learning to master human emotions and facial expressions, and others.
So, if you’re a science buff or you simply want to see how the concept of “robotics” evolved throughout the centuries, do yourself a favor and visit the automatons exhibition hosted by the London’s Science Museum. Maybe you will see that robots are actually pretty cool and not at all menacing.
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