To prove to themselves just how advanced robots are becoming, researchers at Germany's Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics sought inspiration from a masterpiece of American technological innovation: the 1991 film "Terminator 2."
Check out their creation: an amazingly lifelike robotic hand that moves fast enough to snap its fingers, can withstand a powerful strike from a baseball bat and exerts up to 30 Newtons of pressure--enough force to easily crush your windpipe.
The robot's fingers are controlled by 38 "tendons" that have their own individual motors inside the forearm. Its incredible range of motion--and robust construction--enables it to perform fine operations while also being tough enough to catch baseballs.
Next up, the team hopes to build a robotic torso with two arms. That way, I assume, it will be able to kill you faster.