Robotic sensors can now tell, with human like precision, what things feel like. This is to be used, at first, for medical purposes. This “touch” can be used in some cases to diagnose which cells are cancerous and which are not.
Also this week a scientist from Austria demonstrated how to type messages by using a skull cap embeded with sensors and a nifty little software package that finds which letter you are thinking about.
While this isn’t anywhere near the day where machines will battle for control of the earth, this does give machines the beginnings of 2 senses (one that we don’t even have) that could allow for AI algorithms to simulate intelligence.