Remember The Matrix APU’s?
Slowly becoming a reality:
Guys at PEO Soldier are having a lot of fun. Eventually, after a civilian model is made, fire fighters could have a self-contained power suit with “jaws of life” delicate enough to grab an infant. We could have a non-cumbersome, fully articulated space/Moon/Mars or even 1G+/underwater capable construction suits
Combine this with nano-tech and bio-machine interfaces and the possibilities grow. Why stop at man-sized walking robots/manned vehicles?
This could be used for rapid search and rescue deployment after a major disaster. Instead of loading up all those bulldozers, guys could probably parachute in (or get flown in with helicopters) and start major operations within minutes after the event instead of hours, days or even weeks if it happened in some remote parts of the world.
With bio interfaces, some physically handicapped people could find work even in places that as physically demanding.
The only limitations on exoskeleton uses (an misuses) are the human imagination. Though, just like the automobile and airplane, the outcomes of such devices in three generations could be staggering, or not much.
Look at the F-22, SR-71, or 747 compared to the Wright Flyer. Though as grand as that is, even nuclear ships are still almost all propeller driven like their 1890s ancestors and we are not all flying around in personal planes as futurists thought not so long ago.
Which is the thing about betting on or predicting the future. The only sure thing is tomorrow will come, not what it will bring.
But oh, the joy of thinking of all that could be!!
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