Leibniz Universität Hannover (ehemaliges Welfenschloss)

The biggest advantage of the robots that society usually know is that they do not have feelings and they can not feel pain, or even perform dangerous tasks for us humans. In addition to being fast, the robots do not complain, and this has meant that scientists wanted some of the “mechanical helpers” were able to feel pain. But then comes the big question: because they want scientists to make robots feel pain?

The answer will be very simple: as for us, the pain acts as a sort of self-protection – if for example the queimássemos – some researchers believe that pain will be useful to robots for them to have the same capacity, thus avoiding problems that sometimes arise with machines, motors, circuits, etc.

One of the teams that are working on these machines can “feel” is part of the University of Leibniz in Hanover, Germany, and presented some of the results of your project in a robotics conference, held last week in Stockholm, Sweden. The plan is to make the robot to be able to hold unforeseen physical situations, assess the potential damage that can cause and be able to trigger an appropriate reaction, or reflex, “explained the researchers Doram a robotic arm with a sensor placed. The sensor thus captures various types of temperature pressure.

As explained at the conference researcher Johannes Kuehn, involved in the project, the robot is programmed to detect a ‘hierarchy’ of levels of pain transmitted by various stimuli, such as a sudden power or heat. The scientist argues that, in addition to other benefits, a robot capable of feeling pain can be useful in the industry, avoiding accidents with heavy machinery, but also for the safety of people who often work alongside robotized machines in factories.

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