Military Exoskeleton!?

From BBC News (via Slashdot) comes this awesome-filled article on the development of exoskeletons for military use.  Current hopes are for initial use on the logistics (i.e. heavy lifting) side but hopes are for a combat applicable version somewhere down the line.

I also recommend checking out the Slashdot comments, if only for the argument of manned exoskeletons vs. full fledged autonomous robots.

When I see things like this it just all feels so surreal.  When aspects of Aliens and Starship Troopers (the book not the movie) start forcing their way into reality, even if only in early development I really have to just take a step back and goggle in wonder.  Between ship mounted lasers, large hadron colliders, and quantum communication things are looking mighty interesting for the future.

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