A future in which androids look and feel so much like humans that they start to believe they are actually alive – as depicted in the film Blade Runner – may soon be reality.
Scientists in Japan have invented a robot which can ‘feel’ pain and is programmed to visibly wince when an electric charge is applied to its synthetic skin.
The team from Osaka University is hoping that coding pain sensors into machines will help them develop empathy to human suffering, so they can act as more compassionate companions.
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