Robots, Science Fiction, and Humanity

Science fiction has had a preoccupation with robots and the social and moral implications of a more mechanized world. Within the genre, authors frequently play out the moral and ethical implications of artificially intelligent machines as a way of addressing aspects of what makes us human. The Science Museum’s exhibition Robots: The 500 Year Quest …

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Quote of the Month

Artificial intelligence is growing up fast, as are robots whose facial expressions can elicit empathy and make your mirror neurons quiver. -- Diane Ackerman Explore Further Diane Ackerman's Goodreads page Keep an eye out next week for my blog post about the Science Museum's Robots exhibition, ending September 3rd!    

Object of the Month

Untitled 2 (from Note to Self) This photograph is from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in the Brooklyn Museum. It shows the artist Mary Coble's legs after a staged performance entitled Note to Self during which the first names of 438 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims of hate-crime murders were tattooed without …

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Simeon Solomon, Infamous Jewish Pre-Raphaelite — A R T L▼R K

  On the 14th of August 1905, English Pre-Raphaelite painter Simeon Solomon died in London. He is famous for his dreamy paintings with subjects which often included scenes from the Hebrew Bible and genre paintings depicting Jewish life and rituals. Infamously, in 1873, at the age of 32, his career was cut short when he …

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Making LGBTQA+ Histories Visible

Many UK museums and galleries are marking the 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality with exhibitions, events, and projects, the British Museum’s Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories created a model that could (and hopefully will) be used in the future to incorporate LGBTQA+ and other marginalized and repressed group histories into the permanent …

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Object of the Month

Museum collections are not just comprised of physical objects. This photomacrograph of the scales of a Madagascan sunset moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus) is from Wellcome Images, a database of both historical and scientific images from the Wellcome Collections and Library. This image was taken to demonstrate how the moth's iridescent wings change color without having much pigmentation …

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Snow White, Revolutionary Red

Marking the centenary of 1917, the British Library’s Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths traces the revolution through the paper ephemera left behind. With its almost textbook layout, the exhibition untangles the revolution from its earliest roots in 1896 to the aftermath and final victory of the Red Army in 1924 and lays it out in …

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