It's Time For Robots With Soft, Sensitive Skin

Honestly, don't we all long for robots with sensitive skin? Those clanky metal robots are so last century.

I think the first time I encountered this idea was In Roger Zelazny's Hugo award-winning 1966 novel This Immortal gives sf fans a pretty accurate prediction of this idea. A realistic, soft skin wrestling robot uses special skin described as a radar mesentery to sense its opponent. This permits the robot to judge within ounces how much pressure to apply in a wrestling hold.

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