HUMAN+ EPISODE 1: TOUCH

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: Science, Wildlife & Environement
: Vincent Barthélémy
: Bonne Pioche/ Idéacom International / RMC Découverte / SRC
: 2019
: One off, HD, 16/9
: 1x52'
This episode belongs to the series : HUMAN+ THE FUTURE OF OUR SENSES

If there is one sense undergoing a gargantuan revolution, it’s touch. Today, technology makes it possible to touch holograms, feel materials on a screen and control objects from a distance with a simple, specific gesture in mid-air. Awesome right? The world of touch is dizzying. We think of touch as resulting in a single sensation but many thousands of nerve endings work in concert to create it. Every occasion to use touch has a vital role in our lives, we would be lost without it. It is the very first sense we experience in the womb, and the emotional bedrock of our wellbeing. Scientists have found ways to simulate a false sense of touch in the brain, in order to overcome the terrible phantom pains of amputated limbs. Managing to give bionic limbs a sense of touch is one of the latest successes of medical technology. Slowly but surely, bionic prostheses are becoming more efficient than natural limbs. Where will this revolution lead us?

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