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One of the most common complaints I remember from expats in Taiwan was about the lack of cultural events. My last visit to Taipei showed that there’s actually quite a lot going on in Taipei.

On my very short visit I saw two pavilions from the Taipei Expo (Pavilion of Future and Angel Life), visited two new artist villages (Treasure Hill ; Taipei Artist Village at Beiping East rd), explored two new renovated cultural districts (Huashan Creative Park ; Songshan cultural district), discovered one new museum (Hakka Cultural Center) and had a great time in no less than four off-the-beaten-track specialty museums (Puppetry ; World Religions ; MOCA ; Drinking Water).

But that was only part of the experience, as I was also able to catch no less than four ongoing exhibitions – a 4D holography exhibition, a Lego exhibition, a Dali exhibition (Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall) and, cover here, a "Robot story" exhibition (Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall).

 

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This little exhibition …

explores the history of robotics and their future development. Over 80 exhibits, ranging from a draft robot in 1920 to the armors of Iron Man Mark I, II and III in 2012, are on display to give visitors a clear picture of the development of the global robotics industry.

Besides Robo Thespian, visitors can also find at the exhibition quite a few famous robots appearing in movies, including Robot Cyborg in the films “RoboCop” and “The Terminator, and Sony Robot Dog Aibo.

 

Being the geek that I am, I couldn’t resist going in. The clever exhibition showed that the notion of a humanoid artificial intelligence dates back as early as 1624 with Gio Battista Bracelli drawing an interesting sketch that later influenced our perceptions of robots.

 

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I urge you to take a look at his sketches and see how much they resembled modern days’ robots.

 

It continues to go through the history of robot formulation…

 

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As well as the popular media and science fiction literature that include robots…

 

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The rest of the exhibition shows all sorts of robots, in different types, shapes and designation that we’ve all come to know…

 

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How many of those could you make out?

 

Also, watch this next video to see a demonstration of an interactive robot…

 

 

Geek heaven, a wonderful exhibition. Go Taipei!



Tags: culture; exhibition; Gio Battista Bracelli; robots; sun yat sen memorial hall; taipei; Taiwan;


  • http://www.expatseek.com/ expatseek

    Looks like a great exhibition!

  • http://www.expatseek.com/ expatseek

    Looks like a great exhibition!

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