Synthetic Humans

The science fiction concept of synthetic humans may not be far from reality, as engineers increase the ability of robots to feel pain and other sensations.

German researchers have created artificial skin for robots that contains 13,000 sensors that can detect temperature, acceleration, proximity, and pressure. Japanese scientists recently invented an artificial pain system with a goal of making a robot understand touch and pain in others to see if empathy and morality can emerge.

Robots with lifelike human skin who can sense things like touch, heat, cold, and pain may soon become commonplace, but technology today suggests that they will only be able to mimic human emotion.