For Though We Walk In The Flesh, We Do Not War After The Manner Of The Flesh


What are the requirements, those "intermediate demands", that would have to be fulfilled for us to be conquered by oncoming robotic technologies. What are, precisely, the sorts of things we could point our fingers toward and say, "Mehhhh, that's not good..."?

Well, there are many. In particular though, it's not fruitless to focus on the attempts of Evil Robotic Engineers, and increasingly actually, laypersons, to pour their ideas for mechanisms, their form and function in to what they, perhaps now fleetingly, know best; the human likeness.

That is to say, that for all of the decried perception of "innovation", in many cases, it is rather "emulation" that we can actually see in play; the recreation of biology, psychology and society in the more "clean", robust and "perfected" vision, in the mind of the engineer at least, that nature has not seen fit to provide. One thing is for sure though, a robust robot that seeks to emulate human capability could do a lot worse than to have its own workable "skin"; which should make yours crawl.

" If flexible electronic devices are ever going to become practical for real-world use, the circuitry incorporated into them will have to be tough and resilient. We're already seeing progress in that direction, including electrical wires that can still carry a current while being stretched. However, what if the application calls for the use of fiber optics? Well, scientists from Belgium may have that covered, too. They've created optical circuits utilizing what they believe are the world's first stretchable optical interconnections.

The idea is that devices such as wearable sensors or touch-enabled robot skin could utilize standard glass fiber optic cables for the most part, but could use the interconnections to bridge gaps between those cables, allowing the device to bend or lengthen at those locations. "

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