Robots in Science Fiction

*Watch Online/In person*: Robots in early 20th-century science fiction provided an imaginative contrast with humans. This lecture will look at emotion, not reason, as the defining quality of humans, by examining some imaginary machines endowed with apparently human feelings. It will range from Čapek’s R.U.R. (1921), via Isaac Asimov’s Robot stories, to movies such as Blade Runner (1982) and Ex Machina (2014).

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Professor Jim Endersby is Visiting Gresham Professor in the History of Science. He is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Sussex and specialises in Victorian natural history and the modern genetics and has presented programmes for BBC Radio 4.


Gresham College Barnard's Inn Hall Holborn EC1N 2HH

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