Eric The Robot Rebooted

This is from Wednesday’s i paper, a thoroughly brilliant, bonkers kickstarter campaign. I am against fundraising for museums as they my allow or pave the way for more cutbacks, but if you want it you have to fund it.:

In 1928, less than a decade after the term ‘robot’ was coined, a First World War veteran and an aircraft engineer built ‘Eric’ – the UK’s first mechanical human. Unfortunately Eric did not survive.

But the Science Museum in London is trying to bring Eric back to life, and has launched a campaign to raise the £35,000 needed.

If it reaches the target Eric will be one of the highlights of an exhibition about artists and scientists trying to recreate humans. Ben Russell, lead curator for Robots, said: “Eric holds a unique place in our history.”

Eric will join Cyan, an Italian robot built in 1957.

The Kickstarter campaign runs until 16 June and Robots runs from 8 February 2017.

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