THE word ‘robot’ was first used in the 1920s in a science fiction play called R.U.R. by the Czech writer Karel Čapek. The story is based around a factory that creates human-like machines.
But did you know that people have been making mechanical versions of themselves for 500 years? The Science Museum’s
Robots exhibition has over 100 robots for visitors to see, ranging from a mechanical monk from the 1600s to a modern robotic toddler that helps young people and their families to cope with autism.
Robots have really captured our imaginations over the centuries. You can see Robots at the Science Museum from 8 February to 3 September 2017. Find out more at sciencemuseum.org.uk/robots.
The £7,200 Nao V5 Evolution humanoid robot
A 1970s Japanese robot