This new high-tech artificial skin can actually feel pain.
This catchy scientific invention sounds rather pointless, but the more you think of it, the more possibilities of its use arise.
One way to think of its benefits and possibilities are with prosthetic limbs. People who have suffered an amputation of some sort may have the ability to make use of a prosthetic leg or arm, some of which are really advanced and can grasp things with moving fingers, which obviously makes their lives that much easier for basic activities and tasks. But for the user, it still feels unnatural and not a part of them at all. Now, imagine if this artificial skin could send signals to the brain to allow the prosthetic to feel with touch and send signals to the receptors to interpret heat, coolness, touch and pain.
Secondly, what about artificial intelligence? Now, we're not talking about a human-like droid, but rather robots that serve a very specific purpose in the industry. If a robot could feel pressure and even temperature as we do with feeling, there could also be drastic improvements in the efficiency of robotics as well.
Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, LaterClips, on Artificial Skin That Can Feel Pain.