The rise of the robots…

We’ve known since February that the blockbuster exhibition Robots, exploring humans’ 500-year quest to recreate themselves in mechanical form, will be one of the headliners of this year’s fantastic Manchester Science Festival. But the robot revolution doesn’t stop there…

The ways that robots impact and shape our future will also be the subject of another of our headliners, Tomorrow’s World Live. The iconic BBC show has returned in a new interactive digital format and our special guest panelists will be asking what AI will really mean for our lives. Tickets for this event aren’t on sale until next week, but you can sign up to our newsletter to make sure you get a special alert and don’t miss out.

If you want to know what the future holds for robots and humans working together, join Manchester Science Partnerships for Robot World, an exploration of everything from automation in industry to AI in the recruitment process, where you can discover how close we are to living in a robot world.

Or for a more dystopian view of where the rise of the robots could take us, celebrate the 30th anniversary of RoboCop, Paul Verhoeven’s classic sci-fi bloodbath. After a special director’s cut screening you can hear from a special line-up of panellists talking technological law enforcement, biomechanics and the continued prescience of the film 30 years on.

A photograph of a robot dancing

University of Salford

There’s friendlier robots entirely at Robots: Late. Rather than lock you up, these robots will pull you a pint or challenge you to a dance-off. There’s even a robotic comedy show from Foxdog Studios.

Robots aren’t just for the grown-ups, either. There’s plenty of family fun to be had at the Robots Playground, with Miro the robodog and other robopals who can talk, dance and navigate mazes. Or try Lego Space Rovers, boldly going where no Lego has gone before to let kids get hands on with artificial intelligence, using space bots fit for the moon. Explore all kinds of robotics, and discover how sensors and signals work in space. It’s one small step for future engineers, and one giant leap for Lego-kind. Meanwhile master builders and Lego lovers can build their own robots then use innovative software to bring their creations to life using sensors, motors, lights and more at Lego Robotics.