Thursday, February 15, 2007

I, for one, welcome our robotic overlords

A Japanese venture company called Cyberdyne has developed a robotic suit.

A user is able to walk more easily and avoid muscle strains or lift objects
as heavy as 20 kilogrammes in this suit because it moves slightly before the
wearer’s limbs. Sensors on the suit correspond with the user’s brain signals,
which would tell muscles to move.

The suit called, Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, is
expected to go rental mainly for rehabilitation and everyday assistance as early
as 2008...

Considering prior experiences with Cyberdyne and HAL, I'm a little skittish over this latest development.


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