Scientists create ‘Terminator’-style robots with self-healing ‘skin’

The human-like abilities of robots continue to develop at an incredible pace with droids now being seen to chase targets and even fire guns.

But now scientists have taken the potential for human-like resemblance to the next level with the creation of an artificial self-healing “skin.”

Scientists at the Brije Universiteit Brussel have managed to give robots self-healing properties which allow them to “recover” even if they are stabbed or gashed with a knife.

The development evokes visions of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the cyborg assassin in the “Terminator” movies, but fortunately for humankind, these self-healing robots aren’t likely to go on a rampage anytime soon.

For now, they’re more likely to be found grabbing fruit, vegetables and soft products on factory floors.

They could also play an important role in creating human-like prosthetics.

To create these flesh-like robots, the scientists used jelly-like polymers that meld together when heated and cooled.

Bram Vanderborght

When present in a gripper, a robotic hand with an artificial muscle, they were able to damage all three without leaving any weak spots.

Professor Bram Vanderborght of BruBotics and Flanders Make said: “The outcome of the research opens up promising perspectives.”

“Robots can not only be made lighter and safe, they will also be able to work longer independently without requiring constant repairs.”

Killer robots might seem like a long time away from becoming reality but experts have raised concerns that our foes might use them to build super-strong armies of the future.

Bram Vanderborght

Peter Singer, a strategist for the New America Foundation, said the US military needs to brace for battle against killer machines.

“It’s not just when is it going to happen, but we don’t yet know is it going to privilege the offense or defense, what are going to be the effects of it,” he said.

His thoughts are echoed by Jason Healey, a senior research scholar in cyber…

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