What role will robots play in our lives? What does our future with robots look like? How does the information and programming we give a robot affect its role in society and in our lives?

Join Timandra Harkness, comedian and broadcaster, to delve into how data and algorithms determines a robot's purpose and our interactions with them.  

We will take a closer look at some of the humanoid robots featured in the Robots exhibition to explore the maths and decisions behind them.  

Robots have been designed to serve drinks, entertain humans, do surgery and even learn. What robots do you want to see in the future? What role do you see robots having?  

Part of Edinburgh Science Festival and Maths Week Scotland

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From early mechanised human forms to today’s cutting-edge technology, this major exhibition reveals our 500-year quest to make machines human.

Robots events

From fantasy films to technology talks, discover a packed programme of events for our Robots exhibition.

Maths Week Scotland

Maths Week Scotland took place 10 – 16 September 2018. Events for families and adults across Scotland covered everything from game theory to solar flare modelling.

Science and Technology galleries

Communications, transport, industry, engineering, energy and medicine: how have scientific and technological inventions changed our lives? Explore the history of innovation in Scotland and across the world through interactive games and thought-provoking displays.
Event information


16 Apr 2019
20:00 – 21:30


National Museum of Scotland - Entry via Lothian Street, Edinburgh

How much

£8.50, £6.50 Members & Conc., £5 Students

Booking information

Age 14+

Booking essential. Call 0300 123 6789 to book your place or book online.

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The Lothian Street entrance and Auditorium are wheelchair accessible, and there is access to an accessible toilet. There is also an induction loop in the Auditorium. Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. Click here to find more information.

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