Robots Can Feel And React To Pain

Posted: May 28 2016, 9:28am CDT | by , Updated: May 28 2016, 9:22pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Robots Can Feel Pain and React to Pain
Image Credit: Leibniz University of Hannover
  • Future Robots will Feel Pain so Humans don’t Have To

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The future is here. Robots in the times to come will feel pain so that humans don’t have to.

The experts in Germany are working out a way for robots to be able to feel pain. This is so that these robots will ease the way for humans and offer them protection. The whole thing consists of an artificial nervous system built within the context of the robot.

This project was displayed at a robotics conference that was held in Sweden. The robots would feel the sensation of pain and quickly take steps to avoid the painful stimulus.

This way damage to parts would be minimized. Pain is a signal from the human body that something is not right and that the organism must take measures to protect his or her organs from further damage.

Likewise the robots must retract from the source of pain. Pain is actually meant to protect us from getting hurt. A prototype reflex controller with a tactile fingertip sensor has been built by the researchers. It is responsible for detecting temperature and pressure. It is basically built around the way that human beings feel pain.

The dynamics is the same as the sensitivity of the human skin membrane. Once the pain increases, signals are sent to the robot to retract its finger-like sensor from the situation at hand.

The premise around which this robotics experiment is based is that pain is important. It is responsible for the appropriate responses to damaging conditions.

The technological miracle of allowing robots to feel pain is at the leading edge of research capabilities. It shows that AI has truly come a long way. The way lies forward for all sorts of advances via the mimicry of Mother Nature and human beings in robots.

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