Robots in Science Fiction

21st February 2022 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Barnard's Inn Hall

Robots in early 20th-century science fiction provided an imaginative contrast with humans. 

This lecture by Jim Endersby, Visiting Professor of the History of Science, 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).

This is a hybrid lecture that you can watch online, in person, or later (at a time to suit you)

Speaker profiles
Professor Jim Endersby

Jim 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.

Professor Endersby's lecture series are as follows:

2021/22 How Not To Be Human: Exploring Humanity Through Science Fiction

2020/21 Darwin's Descent: Monkeys, Orchids and Myths

2019/20 Utopian Gardens

Booking & payment

You can book free tickets to watch in person or online via the link. 

Location

Barnard's Inn Hall
Holborn
London
Billing county
EC1N 2HH
United Kingdom

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