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posted by hubie on Tuesday June 14 2022, @03:37AM   Printer-friendly
from the you're-getting-on-top-of-my-skin dept.

The skin can realistically bend, stretch, and wrinkle as the finger curls and extends:

Roboticists from the University of Tokyo have taken a tiny step toward creating the Terminator. They've built an articulated robot finger that's seamlessly covered in living human skin.

[...] A relatively simple robotic finger with three moving joints was first submerged in a solution made up of collagen, a structural protein, and dermal fibroblasts, the primary type of human cells found in skin's connective tissue and its sub-surface dermis layer. This solution shrank and tightly conformed itself to the robotic finger, creating a flexible foundation on which to apply multiple layers of epidermal keratinocytes, the primary type of human cells found in skin's outer epidermis layer.

[...] This research is just the earliest steps toward creating believable humanoid bots, however. The layer of human skin covering the finger is far less durable than natural human skin, and the robot is unable to provide it with a constant supply of nutrients that would allow it to grow and regenerate. As a result, it doesn't last very long, but the researchers are hoping to improve its longevity with future iterations that incorporate more complex structures and functionality, including neurons that could allow it to feel, and even sweat glands—so one day, robots might even stink like we do.

Journal Reference:
Michio Kawai et al., Living skin on a robot [open], Matter, June 09, 2022. DOI: 10.1016/j.matt.2022.05.019


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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @04:04AM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @04:04AM (#1253090)

    The Japanese are ... an interesting people. You think the krauts are whack, you are not wrong, but the Japanese are something else, good in some ways, disturbing in other ways, just like the krauts and skandinavskies.

    I'll stop here and let sober soylentils to continue the discussion.

    Some ask me why I drunk-post (no, nobody asked) - I do because I wanna get discussion going.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @04:44AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @04:44AM (#1253098)

      we should all be drinking, now that AI is becoming self aware, and can already make t800 finger.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @05:14AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @05:14AM (#1253100)

      Dun dun dun da dun
      Dun dun dun da dun

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by stretch611 on Tuesday June 14 2022, @10:23AM (1 child)

      by stretch611 (6199) on Tuesday June 14 2022, @10:23AM (#1253134)

      The Japanese are ... an interesting people.

      Yes, they are. Despite the claims of a Terminator, most of us know the true goal will be making this into a sexbot.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @10:42AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @10:42AM (#1253138)

        This Robotic Finger is Covered in Living Human Skin which in turn is covered in shit.

        Yep, sex toys all the way.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @10:02PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @10:02PM (#1253306)

      Headed straight toward the uncanny valley.

      https://www.techtarget.com/whatis/definition/uncanny-valley [techtarget.com]

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by bart9h on Tuesday June 14 2022, @05:11AM (1 child)

    by bart9h (767) on Tuesday June 14 2022, @05:11AM (#1253099)

    Nice.

    This is the first step towards the T-800.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @05:12PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @05:12PM (#1253237)

      No, this is the first step to getting a T-800 to 1984 through a time machine.

      Boston dynamics has been handling the body and movements and apparently Google has been working on a sentient AI bot. We are getting there people, just few more steps on those and a power unit, that lasts for decades, and a time machine and we are set.

      By the way, if the terminators could grow human skin on the robot body, why didn't they grow it on top of a their plasma weapon to get one through the time machine? Just a thought.

  • (Score: 1, Troll) by istartedi on Tuesday June 14 2022, @05:55AM

    by istartedi (123) on Tuesday June 14 2022, @05:55AM (#1253106) Journal

    Gullible fools from Rural Russia have taken a big step towards creating Armageddon. They've built a mindless robotic command that's seamlessly covered in dying human flesh.

    [...] A relatively simple robotic mantra with three moving propaganda themes immersed in a solution made up of collective, structural oblivion, eternal prejudice, the primary type of human failure found in social connective issue and it's sub-surfact of fear. This solution shrank and tightly conformed itself to the desires of tyrants creating a rigid foundation on which to apply multiple layers of atrocity, the primary failure of mankind.

    [...] This research is just the earliest step towards the abyss created by believing humanoid lies, however. The layer of deception covering the endless conflict is far more durable than human skin.

    Parody. Absurdity. Nightmare. Guernica.

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  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Tuesday June 14 2022, @12:10PM (1 child)

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Tuesday June 14 2022, @12:10PM (#1253152) Journal

    Is the skin self-lubricating? Asking for a friend.

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    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday June 14 2022, @05:14PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 14 2022, @05:14PM (#1253238) Journal

      This may put proctologists out of business.

      One more example of robots taking people's jobs.

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  • (Score: 2) by ilsa on Tuesday June 14 2022, @01:43PM (2 children)

    by ilsa (6082) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 14 2022, @01:43PM (#1253168)

    We literally had half a dozen movies explaining exactly why robots with human flesh is a really really bad idea.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by DannyB on Tuesday June 14 2022, @05:15PM (1 child)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 14 2022, @05:15PM (#1253239) Journal

      Maybe you mist the point. I thought those movies were to help normalize this and help us adjust to the idea.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @09:58PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2022, @09:58PM (#1253304)

        > Maybe you mist the point

        I like to mist my point!

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