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Robots : The 500-Year Quest to Make Machines Human

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'A truly mind-bending array of humanoid imagery' - Telegraph

Robots at the Science Museum

Robots: the 500-Year Quest to Make Machines Human explores the surprisingly long history of our obsession with creating machines in human form, from 16th-century mechanised monks to the 'tin man' robots of the 1950s and cutting-edge robots from today's research labs.

This ground-breaking book, the exhibition catalogue for a show at London's Science Museum, features an astonishing array of robotic artefacts from around the world, including expertly crafted clockwork automata, uncanny robot actors, trumpet-playing humanoids and even a talking 'receptionist' head. Focusing on why robots exist rather than on how they work, the book avoids cliches about machines taking over the world and destroying humankind, and instead aims to reassure us that in future robots will continue to complement and enhance our human capabilities.

  • Author: Ben Russell
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Date published: March 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1785510687
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 22.9 cm

★★★★ 'A truly mind-bending array of humanoid imagery' - Telegraph

'ambitious, entertaining and alarming' - FT

★★★★ 'There's a 16th-century mechanical monk, sci-fi cyborgs and modern-day research lab automatons. Visitors discover the cultural, historical and technological context of humanoid robots and explore how the history of robotic development has been shaped by religious belief and industrial revolution, 20th century popular culture and dreams about the future' - Culture Whisper

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Robots at the Science Museum