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Manchester Science Festival

Robots baby, part of the latest exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

The more human a robot appears, the more unsettling we find it. How should we treat robots once they become indistinguishable, in both looks and actions, from real humans?

Patient X explores the concept of the super spreader, an asymptomatic person who carries and transmits a virus to a wide group of people, but who doesn’t always exhibit any of its symptoms.

Richard Evans, the creator of two events at this year’s Manchester Science Festival—Sentinel and Aeon: Patient X—talks about how he created his evocative performance piece.