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E-skin: The Breakthrough That Lets Robots 'Feel'

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posted on Sep, 14 2010 @ 03:07 PM
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E-skin: The Breakthrough That Lets Robots 'Feel'


theweek.com

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley have invented an artificial skin that may change the way robots touch and sense objects. "E-skin," as its inventors call it, could lead to advances in prosthetic limbs — and even raise the odds that robots might excel at housework.
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posted on Sep, 14 2010 @ 03:07 PM
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Amazing all the work that goes into making just an inch of this "skin".

"inorganic single crystalline semiconductors;" or, to get slightly more technical — the researchers "started by growing the germanium/silicon nanowires on a cylindrical drum, which was then rolled onto a sticky substrate… As the drum rolled, the nanowires were deposited, or 'printed," onto the substrate in an orderly fashion, forming the basis from which thin, flexible sheets of electronic materials could be built."


Realize how great it is to have skin, born with it...and yes I take it for granted!

Video here about the artificial skin...
video.theweek.com...=RL08Y23MP49FWK6R&t=What is 'artificial skin'?

theweek.com
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posted on Sep, 14 2010 @ 03:45 PM
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How else is the robot going to know how hard to squeeze your neck, unless it can "feel" it's death grip crush your thorax?

SkyNet 1, Humans 0



posted on Sep, 14 2010 @ 03:50 PM
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True that...and since you brought it up...
check this out...

Why You Can't Trust Robots
www.telegraph.co.uk...

Robots capable of deceit have been developed by American military researchers, no suprise...
And I am sure then they are capable of murder...


A new program enables a robot to detect whether another robot is susceptible to lies, and to use its gullibility against it by telling lies, researchers claim.

The robot could be capable of deceiving humans in a similar way, according to the scientists, based at the Georgia Institute of Technology........

Its understanding of the concept of deception would enable the robot to avoid being captured, the scientists said.

But fellow experts raised fears that the technology could further damage the image of robotics with the general public, and potentially lead to dangerous developments such as robots which hunt and gamble.

He told the Daily Mail: "One of the big problems with robotics is trying to get the public's trust. If robots are going to be deceptive, that could be a real problem



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posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 11:11 AM
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That's interesting they are teaching robots to lie, because in the book 2001 by Arthur C. Clark, we learn that the reason their AI computer named "HAL9000" killed the crew was because it had been told to keep a secret, which forced it to lie, and the logic of following it's orders lead to it believing the proper thing to do was kill the entire crew.

Training robots (computer programs) to deceive is going to have MASSIVE negative consequences for humans. Massive.



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 11:19 AM
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Yes, it is. Not only is a huge PR problem for the developing scientists, the implications for man are
unfathobable. This sheds new light on movies like The Terminator...

Man, against the machine.



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