‘Robots – Then and Now’ is booting up at Life Science Centre in Newcastle on Saturday 26th May. This will be the first time that the exhibition, created by the Science Museum in London, has been on display in the North East.
In ‘Robots – then and now’, start your journey with the humble beginnings of 16th-century mechanical automatons before marching forward through the rich history of robotics to the latest humanoids.
The exhibits – both old and new – will provoke much discussion and make you question your human emotional responses to inanimate machines. Are you comfortable with the idea of the human body as a conscious machine, with inner-workings similar to a complex mechanical clock? Are humanoids incredible feats of robotics that have a place in society, or just plain creepy?
Visitors can also explore robots in popular culture, with a display of vintage posters and a static collection of famous robots, including Eric, a modern recreation of the UK’s first robot, and a T800 Terminator used in the film, ‘Terminator Salvation’.
“The exhibits – both old and new – will provoke much discussion and make you question your human emotional responses to inanimate machines”
Only a few of the exhibits are interactive – Pepper the Robot loves to fist bump with visitors – but they all add to the rich history of robotics and will bring new ‘life’ to a wide variety of subjects, including human biology, psychology and ethics.
Life Science Centre will also host two evening panel discussions in the upcoming months, aimed at visitors aged 16+ years: ‘Love Virtually – rise of the sex robots’ on Thursday 14th June and ‘Robots: hopes and fears’ on Thursday 1st November.
For more information or to purchase tickets for Life Science Centre or the evening panel discussions (separate charges apply), please visit life.org.uk/robots.
‘Robots – then and now’ will be at Life Science Centre until Sunday 2nd December.
This blockbuster exhibition is included with Life Science Centre admission, which also includes planetarium and live science theatre shows, the 4D Motion Ride and hands-on interactive zones.