The future isn’t coming. It’s already here, and it has arrived at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute with the Robot Revolution exhibit. The visionary collection features a wide assortment of robots, curated from universities and global robotics companies. Many of them are available for interaction with the museum’s guests. This all comes bearing innovation in an imperative fashion: the helping hand.
The future of robotics will be one that integrates assistance and aid in numerous ways. The exhibit claims that, according to the Franklin Institute’s website, “from self-driving cars to surgical assistance, from scientific research to search and rescue missions — robots are here to help ease and improve our lives.” How that is happening may not be so clear in the popular eye, which makes this an important exhibition.
Pop culture, from film and television to literature, has often portrayed the advent of robotics in human culture as a negative one. The Robot Revolution exhibit quickly dispels archaic conspiracy theories or scare tactics. Robots are here to help.