DO YOU THINK, THEY THINK?
Special exhibition "Computer.Gehirn"
("Computer.Brain") at the Heinz
Nixdorf MuseumsForum from
25.10.2001 to 1.3.2002
Will robots be as intelligent as people in 20 years from now?
Are artificial human beings about to take over the world? Against
the backdrop of such questions, the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF)
in Paderborn is presenting a special exhibition "Computer.Gehirn"
from 25th October to 1st March.
The HNF offers visitors a fascinating experience as it takes stock
of current research: At what stage of development is artificial intelligence
(AI) in comparison with the capabilities of the human brain? What
do we know about the most mysterious organ of the human body, the
brain, and its functions? Is it possible to construct an exact replica
of the brain? Can electronic brains really "think"?
Computers have long been almost invincible when it comes to playing
chess. But how about other aspects of intelligence, about knowledge,
The backdrop to the exhibition is the current debate on the possibilities
and consequences of technological development, as initiated by Ray
Kurzweil, Hans Moravec, Bill Joy and others. The prospects arouse
enthusiasm and alarm in equal measure. Spectacular objects from around
the world demonstrate how far development has already progressed.
Six areas are provided in which the visitor can penetrate the "world
of the senses", test the latest "intelligence tools",
learn what computers are not yet capable of, and take a trip through
time incorporating visions of the past and future. Trying out and
testing is at the heart of this exhibition, which provides such
a wide range of interactive options for visitors. A cinema capable
of producing scents can be experienced alongside some of the latest
walking robots, while emotional robots are on display next to R2D2.
A robot hand from the "Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und
Raumfahrt" (Germany's aerospace centre), a computer-controlled
electric motor-racing set and a painting computer are other prominent
Germany's Federal Minister for Education and Research, Edelgard
Bulmahn, is patron of the exhibition. "Computer.Gehirn"
is a satellite event of the "Year of the Life Sciences".
A 300-page catalogue is being issued by the Schöningh publishing
house to accompany the exhibition. Educational museum programmes
offer children and youngsters alike a better understanding of the
world of robots and provide exciting sensory experiences in the
fields of touch, smell, taste, sight and sound.
Two series of lectures round off the exhibition programme. "What
is man? Between ape and robot" and "Cyborgs, androids,
robots: Man and machine in the film world" assure a varied
Opening times of the special exhibition:
Tues - Fri 9.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Sat, Sun 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, on 24th, 25th and 26th December
and on 1st January
Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum
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