Robot Invasion Begins This Week: The Video

London’s Science Museum is putting on perhaps the largest and most significant robot exhibition ever, featuring both the cutting edge present and examples from the distant past. While this blog’s “The Video” offerings are generally not posted back-to-back, this time the event seems newsworthy, lasting, and really needing video! Most news coverage fails to offer an adequate picture.

Robotic history, particularly focusing on humanoids, is important in demonstrating evolution of the robot concept, as well as the gradual development of increasingly sophisticated capabilities. Mankind has always wanted to create a Golem; but the capabilities imagined depend upon the mud with which it is wrought.

To remedy the coverage gap, we have assembled a set of videos of the event, showing different aspects. Per usual, they are YouTube licensed, and provided with identifying information clipped from their landing pages.

Robots: 500 Years in the Making (Science Museum)

Published on Feb 7, 2017

From the dawn of mechanized human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, curator Ben Russell, looks at Robots and reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human.

Seven Must see Robots (Science Museum)

Published on Feb 7, 2017

Join curator Ben Russell for the seven robots you must see.

Robots Through the Ages go on Show in London (AFP news agency)

Published on Feb 7, 2017

From an 18th-century clockwork swan to a robot quoting Shakespeare, a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London charts the 500-year history of machines that fascinate and terrify in equal measure.

Backstage at Science Museum’s Robots Exhibition: ‘You can always unplug them’ (Guardian Science and Tech)

Published on Feb 7, 2017

The Guardian’s design critic, Oliver Wainwright, goes behind the scenes at the Science Museum’s robots exhibition with the curator, who introduces him to some of the most advanced humanoid robots in the world.

From a lifelike baby to robots without conscience, the curator explains where the technology is at, who may use it and how far it has to go.


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