Human skin cells used to make robots appear more realistic is straight out of a horror film

The latest robot technology pushed the boundaries of creepy as human skin cells played a starring role.

The new robot is not only made from living human skin cells, it can also show emotions, according to New Scientist.

“A smiling face made from living human skin could one day be attached to a humanoid robot, allowing machines to emote and communicate in a more life-like way, say researchers. Its wrinkles could also prove useful for the cosmetics industry,” the outlet touted in a report this week.

“The living tissue is a cultured mix of human skin cells grown in a collagen scaffold and placed on top of a 3D-printed resin base,” it continued in the nightmarish description.

“Unlike previous similar experiments, the skin also contains the equivalent of the ligaments that, in humans and other animals, are buried in the layer of tissue beneath the skin, holding it in place and giving it incredible strength and flexibility,” New Scientist reported.

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“As the development of AI technology and other advancements expand the roles required of robots, the functions required of robot skin are also beginning to change,” Harvard Bioengineering student Michio Kawai said, contending that human-like skin may aid in robots communicating with humans.

Many social media users saw this less as a scientific breakthrough and more as a science fiction nightmare.

Frieda Powers


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