Thursday, September 16, 2010

Robots to Receive Artificial Skin

I'm not a fan of UC Berkeley. The town setting is filthy and filled with creatures you'd never want over for dinner. Much of the campus architecture is revoltingly 'modern' and most of the professors — even in the sciences — are so left wing they belong in another country. But on rare occasions, the odor of genius arises from that swamp.
Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new technology that may help robots feel, give the sense of touch back to those with prosthetic limbs, and ultimately help robots do the dishes without breaking them (and while they're at it, maybe make a sandwich without turning it into land of the flatlanders).

Also, once they start grafting that stuff onto damaged humans there's just no telling where the future will lead. And that unpredictability about limits is part of the glory of invention.

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