Friday, October 8, 2010

Exoskeletons, Robo Rats and Synthetic Skin: The Pentagon’s Cyborg Army

Eyes that are alert and steady. Skin that's sensitive to the touch. Arms that bend and grasp. To an unknowing observer, troops in the next-generation military might look much like today's.
But those eyes are veiled by self-assembling contact lenses that transmit text messages and take blood pressure readings. That skin is made up of nanowires laid onto flexible rubber. And the arm underneath? A prosthetic -- controlled by brain implant.
The Pentagon wants troops to be faster, stronger and more resilient. And with help from robotics, nanotechnology and neuroscience, the military's cyborg army -- from human troops to rat-bot recruits -- is getting prepped for battle.

42 comments:

  1. Anyone else eager to upload their brain into an immortal cyborg body?

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  2. *points to herself* fuck yeh, this guy.

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  3. I'm sad that the world is moving away from giant gundam robots to cyborgs. /sigh

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  4. @Sebastian: DUDE, I'D DO IT. Then I'd be like Cyborg from the Teen Titans >:) AWESOME.

    @JillDine: Awesome post! That's so damn cool. Hey you should check out my blog @ http://WereAndWillBe.blogspot.com and give me some comments/tips! Please follow if you like ;)

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  5. I'd upload my brain! That'd be crazy sweet.

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  6. amazing how far technology has come

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  7. Damn! Now I wanna program a rat-bot! Come on there can't be that much to it... :)

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  8. What a great advance for science! For those who lost (or never even had) a limb. Gotta let my friends know!

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  9. Ergh, I saw a video somewhere of an exoskeleton in use (it still had a dummy/safety mechanism supporting it) but the guy controlling it was lifting up mad weights and walking around pretty well.

    Science fiction is catching up to us. Cyberdine Systems JillDine V3.1 coming soon.

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  10. You've made some interesting points... I also have some points (actually bubbles) on Enhanced by MS Paint :)

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  11. i want to cut off my arm just to get one..

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  12. damn, if i ever lose an arm i want one of those ^^

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  13. I hope we have an army of cyborgs soon.

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  14. i too would cut a limb off for it

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  15. that's the reason why everybody should embrace technology.

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  16. And thus, the clone wars begin.

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  17. Watch out for electromagnetic pulses!

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  18. Sounds awesome as for technology goes, but war is awful and wrong

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  19. The Toronto School of Thought expresses that all new technology simply replaces an old function or technology..

    this couldn't be more true here.

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  20. Oh noes the Terminator is upon us...SKYNET

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  21. holy shit man, Nanotechnology is the next best thing. They're using it for food as well to make it as nutritious as possible without all the excess fat and calories.

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  22. Amazing control over fine motor skills for an implant, wonder what the is for this awesome equipment and if its limited to arms.

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  23. Actually saw this a bit ago. Was surprised that we see this come into reality now. Always a wonder of modern medicine.

    http://quarterqwerty.blogspot.com/

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  24. I have to agree with you here. Check out my other TS blog, Swift Fanatics!

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  25. OH shit...this shit was just a dream 20 years ago and it's looking like a reality more and more with each day.

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  26. you've got an interesting point here, good job with the post

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  27. this is going to be awesome. I wonder if I could get a third arm in the middle of my chest!

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  28. Imagine in like 10 years, you can have an artificial anything...ANYTHING!!! Would love to have rocket legs, oh rocket legs.

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  29. I WANT ROBOT ARMS!!! Now following your blog! Check mine out at:

    http://blindprophetoratorium.blogspot.com

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  30. i think skynet is about to become self aware

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  31. has anyone seen surrogates...?

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  32. I have an obsession with mechanical arms. They just look one step above badass.

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