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>> To be or not to be.>> Meet Fespo Robot. All singing, all dancing, and welcoming visitors to Robots opening in London Wednesday. It's the largest collection of humanoid machines ever to go on show and they go back a surprisingly long way. I'm Lucy Fielder reporting for Reuters from the London Science Museum whose latest exhibition explores not just science fiction representations of robots like this one but the deeper question of our 500 year long obsession with recreating and understanding what it means to be human.
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The show explores not how, but why. We're fascinated with recreating nature. This clockwork swan has enchanted crowds for 250 years. Our earliest mechanized selves for religious. This monk from 1560 beats his chest in prayer to inspire faith and awe. He still works. The word robot first appeared in 1920 and filmmakers were soon enthralled.
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From Fritz Lang's Metropolis to the terminator. But these are the bots that could populate our future working alongside these in factories, caring for us, teaching autistic children how to read faces.>> We really raise these questions of what sort of relationships do we want to have with robots in the future because as this technology develops and becomes prevalent It's something that we are going to have to consider as a society, as a whole and make these decisions before the technology really gets there.
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>> Realistic humanoids steer an instinct to the emotional response. But there are things most advanced robots can only impersonate.
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>> RoboThespian's personable but there's an actor behind that screen. We can't yet build robots with hopes and dreams of their own. But their existence says much about ours.