As part of a marketing ploy with the upcoming release of Terminator Salvation staring Christen Bale, the Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) in Tokyo is holding an awesome robot exhibition featuring real robots as well as “Terminators” from the Terminator franchise.
The special exhibition titled “Terminator Exhibition – Battle or Coexistence? Robots and Our Future” is currently on display and ends June 28, 2009.
From the Miraikan website:
The movie “Terminator” was released in 1984 and its unique theme that portrays the coexistence of humans and robots was very impressive. The images created using special effects and technologies made viewers realistically imagine the robots of the not so distant future. In this exhibition, we exhibit the artwork and costumes actually used during the filming of the “Terminator Series” movies. We will also introduce research on the communicative ability of robots from the viewpoint of science and technology.
With the appearance of a biped robot attracting people’s attention and with pet robots and cleaning robots becoming common today, it has become possible to imagine a future where humans and robots coexist. In the “Terminator Series,” many robots that become dangerous to humans are being portrayed as well as robots that coexist with people. Through this exhibition, we will think about the future and the ideal robot technology that is the fusion of various technologies such as machinery and information, and also what kind of relationship human beings will create with robots.