A factory in Dongguan, China recently replaced 90% of its workforce with robots and found that the transition increased production 250% and defects dropped 80%. Automata are the future workers. Where have these machines come from and what might it mean for humankind? The exhibition "Robots" at the Science Museum in London explores the history of the human-race's attempt to make machines in our image.
From the museum:
From the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, Robots reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human.
Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, this blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our ambitions, desires and position in a rapidly changing world.
Join us on an incredible journey spanning five centuries, illustrated with robotic artefacts from around the globe. From a 16th century mechanised monk to some of film’s most iconic robotic creations and the very latest humanoids, Robots will make you look at yourself and society in a whole new way.