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Robotic Exoskeleton Turns Soldiers Into Space Marines

No matter how we might feel about the war on Iraq — whether we think it is the liberation of an oppressed people into a democratic state, or just our friends and relatives dying in the desert for a lie — I think we can all agree that, at the very least, the war would be a heck of a lot cooler if all of our soldiers were walking around in cyborg power armor.

After all, our fondness of sci-fi has trained us to expect military personnel to be walking around in mech suits. From Starship Troopers to Robocop, our expectations have been set: if you’re not walking around in a flying skeleton of titanium alloy, you’re just a flaccid water balloon full of meat slurry in a shooting range.

Unfortunately, technology isn’t quite there yet to turn our troops into cyborg super soldiers of the future. But it’s getting close: an army contractor is close to putting the finishing touches on a robot exoskeleton that lets the average person run at incredible speeds and lift weights over 200 pounds with ease.

Of course, right now, they’re just concentrating on the ability for an operator to use this to lift heavy stuff. But the dream’s in sight: Gomer Pyle strutting onto the ravaged battlefield, picking up an enemy tank by it’s barrel and then hurling it directly into the sun.

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