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Researchers teaching robots to feel and react to pain | IEEE Spectrum

curated by | May 26, 2016

“One of the most useful things about robots is that they don’t feel pain. Because of this, we have no problem putting them to work in dangerous environments or having them perform tasks that range between slightly unpleasant and definitely fatal to a human. And yet, a pair of German researchers believes that, in some cases, feeling and reacting to pain might be a good capability for robots to have. The researchers, from Leibniz University of Hannover, are developing an ‘artificial robot nervous system to teach robots how to feel pain’ and quickly respond in order to avoid potential damage to their motors, gears, and electronics.”

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