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Japanese scientists develop robot face grown from human skin cells

By T.K. Randall
June 26, 2024 · Comment icon 13 comments
Robot skin.
It's not quite 'The Terminator'... yet. Image Credit: CC BY-ND Takeuchi et al.
Capable of producing a cheesy grin, this extremely creepy creation could be the first step toward life-like robots.
While at first glance this peculiar experimental robotic face looks more like a plate of blancmange than a futuristic piece of technology, it is in fact an early stepping stone toward building life-like humanoid robots with realistic skin and facial features.

Developed by scientists at the University of Tokyo, the bizarre pink face is created using specially engineered human skin tissue that's grown in much the same way as lab-grown meat products.

"These human skin cells are mainly harvested from excess skin obtained during surgeries," said study co-author Michio Kawai. "Cultured skin has the same composition as human skin and is also used as a graft material for people with severe burns or injuries."

To turn this skin into an actual robot, the researchers had to attach it to an acrylic-based resin using a special collagen gel, which also made it possible for the 'face' to move.
In a recent demonstration (see video below), the face was shown scrunching up into a sort of cheesy, unnatural grin - something that is not in the least bit likely to give anyone nightmares...

"We managed to replicate human appearance to some extent by creating a face with the same surface material and structure as humans," said study lead author Professor Shoji Takeuchi.

While there is still a long way to go to make anything even remotely resembling a realistic human, technology such as this could one day produce a robot almost indistinguishable from a real person.

Think the T-800 from The Terminator or the various androids in the Alien movie franchise.

It will even be possible for robots that use this lab-grown 'skin' to heal themselves when damaged.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 16 days ago
Human flesh on a robot? Do you want Terminators, because that's how you get Terminators.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Portre 16 days ago
 No, not creepy at all. ? 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 16 days ago
To each their own!!!!! ? 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Gertdoggy 16 days ago
Are there any actual advantages to human skin cell faces over much less creepy synthetics?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Gumball 16 days ago
This stuff is coming. The ultimate spy, terrorist, dissenter and usurper.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Amanda Evans 16 days ago
Do they not watch films?
Comment icon #10 Posted by josellama2000 16 days ago
Like those weird and funny videos called fackeeng japanese. I will not be impress if they are planing to replace those silicone adult dolls sometime soon.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Chaldon 15 days ago
Humans are like this: if it can be done, it will be done. Just like nature. Wait. Humans are nature. With all the consequences.
Comment icon #12 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 15 days ago
It's an abomination. When the tech gets more advanced, who's ready for 500 Hitler lookalikes? Or maybe you'd like a Fleet of Gengis Khan robots? Or just 3 security teams that can all be faked while they protect your family only one of them is not on your team? Or your friend gets a copy of your wife? Or one fake gets to the White House to advise on a weapons launch? Or one fake collects your kid from school one day?  Truly horrifying consequences.
Comment icon #13 Posted by XenoFish 15 days ago
Or Strogg.

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