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Born or Built? Our Robotic Future

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  1. Questacon "Born or Built - Our Robotic Future" - Friday, 31 May 2019
    Photograph: Steve Keough
  2. Questacon "Born or Built - Our Robotic Future' exhibition
    Photograph: Steve Keough/Supplied
  3. Born of Built Questacon exhibition
    Photograph: Supplied
  4. Born of Built Questacon exhibition
    Photograph: Supplied
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Time Out says

Scienceworks is about to school us on AI and might make you reconsider being nicer to Siri

If you’ve ever watched the films Her or Ex Machina you’ll know how easily the lines between AI and humans can blur and how harrowing that can be. 

Scienceworks’ latest exhibition Born or Built? explores how sophisticated robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) have become, how easily they can mimic human beings, and delves into the evolution of technology.  

It will also pose challenging ethical and philosophical questions about the future of robots and human interaction to get you thinking. Expect hands-on experiences that enable you to chat with a robot, test its ability to understand your emotional state and be faced with a range of robotic faces to see which one makes you feel the most uncomfortable. You'll also be able to assemble simulated DNA in different configurations and create a human (like in the Sims but a whole lot more technical), and learn about the technologies we can implant or replace in the human body.

You’ll also receive a lesson on our history with prosthetics and medical devices, how technology came to dominate the twentieth century and what increasing automation might mean for our future. 

This one’s for people of all ages, including kids, and it might make you think twice before you have a go at Siri again.

Born or Built? Our Robotic Future is on from April 3, 2021 to January 30, 2022. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now via the website.

Written by
Rushani Epa

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