The history of automatons is much older than people think. It actually has its beginning from 500 years ago. All its main milestones are now available to public view in a new London exhibition. The author of this epic reconstruction is Ben Russell. His interpretation of this show is that it is a journey through the useful nature of the artificial world to humans. While in his opinion people are usually afraid of things they do not understand such as robots, Russell’s work intends to make participants think of their relationship with artificial intelligence from a different point of view.
Ben Russell wanted to recreate the robotic presence side by side with humans that existed for centuries. His London exhibition is simply entitled Robots, and it is already opened to the public. People can visit this 500-year-old history of androids until September 3rd.
Ben Russell succeeded to discover multiple ways in which creators pursued the fantasy of replicating human nature with metallic or plastic parts. The London exhibition allows people to admire all sorts of concept. Among displayed items, there is the concept of a monk in repentance that is actually a Spanish clock from the 15th century. Whenever the clock strikes another hour, the monk comes to life by kissing his rosary. Another piece is that of a modern humanoid robot made in 2014 by a Japanese team. The figure resembles that of a child that reads a newspaper. The facial expressions are so true to life that they can fool many people about their artificial nature.
The London exhibition managed to retrieve renowned automatons from the movie industry also. The cyborg from Terminator series where Arnold Schwarzenegger played the lead character is present as well as Robby the Robot from the 1956 production Forbidden Planet. The Sci-Fi movie tackles the terrific subject of a planet ruled by robots that can think on their own.
By far the most appealing exhibit will be the RoboThespian created by a team of UK scientists. This is a humanoid robot that is going to roam the location on its own. Moreover, it is going to entertain the public with a theatrical show and vocal exercises. Its performance will start every 20 minutes. A gracious presence at the London exhibit will be the Silver Swan automaton that can replicate the soft movement of a real life bird. There are other 100 robots that are ready to welcome and amaze the Science Museum visitors in London.
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