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Museum of Science and Industry

Can you be the hero and save the world in Project Doomsday?

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Forget red roses and giant fluffy toys this February, because the cybersecurity clock is ticking with Project Doomsday – The Intelligent Machine Chapter, where the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock has struck midnight, and audiences have 60 minutes to make do-or-die decisions and avert global catastrophe.

Taking place at the Museum of Science and Industry on February 8, this is a fun-filled interactive show where the audience react in real time to an intelligence briefing by expert scientists and performers.

The directors of Project Doomsday are comedy duo Robin and Partridge. The show will also feature computer science and cybersecurity expert Miranda Mowbray and the University of Manchester's Dr Antoniu Pop.

Project Doomsday – The Intelligent Machine Chapter is a Shrinking Space production, premiered at New Scientist Live in 2016.

Andy Franzkowiak, director of Shrinking Space, said: 'Project Doomsday is a raucous affair, where everyone is the hero, including you! The audience are elite members of Project Doomsday, selected due to their knowledge, skills and critical thinking under end-of-the-world pressure.  

'In a crucial 60-minute countdown you will be tasked with getting to grips with the impending disaster scenario, listening to experts outlining their take on the situation–trying not to panic–and then leading the world to safety against insurmountable odds. The fate of the world is in your hands!'

Tickets for this event include evening entrance to the blockbuster Robots exhibition at the museum, exploring humans' 500-year quest to recreate themselves in mechanical form. The exhibition will be open from 18.00 and Project Doomsday will begin at 19.30.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the event page on the museum's website.

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ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY

The Museum of Science and Industry tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global, industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world. From textiles to computers, the objects and documents held in the museum’s collection tell stories of everyday life over the last 200 years, from light bulbs to locomotives.  The museum’s mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond.

The Museum of Science and Industry is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums which also includes the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon; and the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The Science Museum Group is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. With five million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.

About Shrinking Space

Shrinking Space is a non-profit arts collective and production company based in London and Liverpool.

We develop multi-disciplinary projects to foster collaboration between science and arts and culture. We’re driven by a commitment to promoting the distribution of knowledge, critical thinking and lifelong learning. Our work is always interactive and aims to inspire participants and audience to encourage positive behaviour change in relation to social justice and environmental issues.

Shrinking Space has created, commissioned and produced large-scale artworks and events with partners and clients, including: Somerset House, Cape Farewell, King’s College London, New Scientist, NASA Goddard Centre, The British Science Festival, Barbican and Brighton Digital Festival.

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