Art, portrait and sculpture have long been used to mirror ourselves, but so have mechanised men and women. Throughout history these wondrous machines have left humans awestruck. Robots always seemed alive, and now they are becoming increasingly human, learning from mistakes and expressing emotions.
By imagining and reconstructing our bodies and minds as robots, we discover what amazing machines we are. But as robots mirror our humanity, they also offer deep insights into how we have rationalised our technological ambitions, our sense of wonder at ourselves, and our position in a rapidly changing world.
This turnkey exhibition brings together a unique collection, from miraculous mechanical monks of the 16th century to the latest humanoids hot out of the lab. Further information
Come and see astounding automata, fabulous 1950s humanoids, a talking head and your new workmate, along with uncanny robot actors. Are we on track to a science-fiction future? Will the cutting-edge robots cut it for you?
Explore the past and look into the future… What are your fears and dreams for robots and humans in the 21st century?
18 January–5 May 2019
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
26 May–2 December 2018
Life Science Centre, Newcastle
19 October 2017–15 April 2018
Science and Industry Museum, Manchester
8 February 2017–3 September 2017
Science Museum, London