haptics Web definitions(haptic) of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch; “haptic data”; “a tactile reflex”.

One differentiator that’s always separated humans from robots is our ability to touch and feel, but advances in haptic technology are rapidly closing the mechanical gap.

There are surgeons operating on patients right now who can’t feel their instruments. Similarly, there are workers in nuclear facilities around the world using remote manipulator arms to handle radioactive materials without a sense of what they’re touching. It’s an epidemic of numbness that afflicts virtually everyone who performs a manual job with robotic assistance—from bomb disposal experts in Afghanistan to astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT CMDR DATA. THIS IS ABOUT PEOPLE USING MACHINES TO HELP do tasks that are too dangerous for people to do. Defuse bombs, brainsurgery etc.