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What happened when we went to the Science Museum with Ayreon

Prog joins Arjen Lucassen for a wander ’round London’s Science Museum and a natter about artificial intelligence, science fiction and Ayreon’s latest album

Lost in childlike wonder, Arjen Lucassen wanders around London’s Science Museum fascinated by an exhibition called Robots, which details the 500-year progression from basic mechanised religious artefacts to today’s state of the art humanoids. Via the movie world, The Terminator, Robocop and Maschinenmensch, the female gynoid from Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis, are all here. Some artefacts are astonishingly, freakishly lifelike, others altogether more dated-looking. One comical specimen resembles a microwave on legs.


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