The invention of leather for robots turns science fiction into reality


She had many movies Sci-fi Robots live under human skin, the most famous “terminator” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and “Blade Runner” by director Ridley Scott, but it seems that what we will see on the screen will be achieved in practice in the near future.

Scientists from Munich in Germany to Japan are currently developing artificial skin that covers the bodies of robots, in order to gain an advantage in humans which is a “sense of touch” or a feeling of pain in some cases, as well as a sense of high temperatures, according to the US “CNBC” Developing a sense of touch robots, researchers believe, is “the key to making robots more attractive to humans.”

“Artificial leather helps the robots to perceive the surroundings in them in greater detail and with greater sensitivity, and this not only helps them to move safely, but also makes them safer when working near humans, and gives them the ability” To actively anticipate and avoid accidents. ”

Danielle Ross, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and working as director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, asserts that “artificial skin can also open the way for robots to perceive non-verbal signals, and can be combined with other senses such as sight and hearing.”

“We use haptic feedback to get more information about our surroundings, and to modify our procedures by receiving continuous inputs about what we touch and interact with,” she explains.

She pointed out that the goal of artificial leather is “to take a first step towards success in enabling robots to gain some of the capabilities that humans have.”

But artificial leather currently faces some problems related to the cost of its production, because these devices that manufacture it are very expensive, which may make it available to robots in some regions of the world.

As for the possibility of manufacturing human skin for robots, Jong Oh Park, vice-president of the Research Committee of the International Robotics Federation, believes that this is very far fetched, because human tissue is designed primarily from the DNA in every living cell with a nanometer scale.

The rush to create “robotic artificial leather” technology comes as a response to increasing demand for machines on the job site, as there are currently nearly 3 million industrial robots around the world, and by 2030, the Oxford Economics research firm estimates that Robots It will replace 20 million human workers in the world.