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January 24, 2022

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Our obsession with robots

A new exhibit opens at London's Science Museum

How long ago do you think the first robot was made: 20 years ago… 50…100? It’s one of the questions that the new Robots exhibit in London answers. Turns out that we’ve been fascinated with mechanised humans for 500 years and the blockbuster exhibit, on now until September 3 at the Science Museum, has 16 moving robots and 100 artifacts to prove it, including an amazing 16th-century mechanised monk from Spain. The T-800 Terminator from, yes, the movie, is also there as is Kodomoroid from Japan. Every 20 minutes she reads robot-related news. The show focuses on why robots exist ¬— religious beliefs, the industrial revolution, dreams about the future — rather than on how they work, and provides insight into our ambitions and desires to make things that resemble us (delusion, fear, hope…). Tickets are date and time-stamped: adults £15 ($25); kids 8 to 16 £13 ($21).

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