We're Building Iron Man

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Well Obama told us all that the government is working on a sort of "iron man" suit. It's been confirmed in the past that the military is looking into robots and stuff, but this is outstanding.

What do you think?
Of course it's going to be absolutely unlike anything in the film or cartoon...

More realistically, it's probably just some visual overlays, decent communication equipment and armour that can resist light munitions.
They have had technology for a load-bearing exoskeleton for years. It basically straps to your legs and feet and takes the load off the soldier, allowing them to carry more equipment without weighing them down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUMg4KADC0E
It's called HULC. The acronym obviously came before the the full name.
"TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit) is the name given to an "Iron Man" style suit..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TALOS_(uniform)
Still gonna be pretty cool though. The pictures on the internet do anyway.
I somehow doubt this will ever make it as a successful tool on battle, US may as well develop robot soldiers (remotely used similar to Drones).

Its much more effective to do that as if US can develop "Iron Man" suits it could probably develop effective war robots.
@OrionMaster:

I think you're right. Though this has more practical applications in medicine / physical therapy.
@Disch
Like that: http://www.medicaldaily.com/paralyzed-woman-walks-again-thanks-ekso-suit-3d-printed-exoskeleton-video-269957
Just imagine what military grade exosceletom might allow to do.

I hope we will see more uses of modern technology in medicine which will be widely accessible: google glass based speech-to-text recognition for hearing impaired, AR technologies to help those with memory problems to live throug the day.
@MiiNiPaa

Its similar however its more effective to develop battle robots than exoskeleton because to be honest humans are not half as good as a normal computer in terms of calculations or logic. In war, logic is the way to go as computer takes chances based on probability to get the most optimistic route for battle.

Next, robots by 2050 can beat the World Champions in Football (Soccer in US) therefore this shows robots could be much more effective than humans in terms of war & battle.

The other issue is human life is too precious to be lost if humans die in battle its more bad to the morale of the army than if robots got "terminated" as we can mass-produce them unlike humans.
Next, robots by 2050 can beat the World Champions in Football (Soccer in US) therefore this shows robots could be much more effective than humans in terms of war & battle.


Citation? I'd quite like to read about this research if that's a realistic claim.
Since it isn't 2050 there is really almost no way to prove that they could do this, though with that said yes it is the goal of for that competition to beat the World Champions by 2050 though if they can accomplish that only time can tell.
You're acting like software bugs aren't a real possibility. Small bugs can mean life or death to innocent people anywhere near the battlefield.

How would you feel if a robot mistaken your child for an enemy and killed them right in front of you?
@Fredbill - You're acting like people don't do the same thing?

As for the football, an interesting prospect, but all those articles cite the same Australian guy. It doesn't look to be a widely held belief, but time will tell. Reading about the current state of robot football was pretty really interesting stuff though.
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@Fredbill - You're acting like people don't do the same thing?
Fair enough, but I'm sure anyone here would rather place their trust in a human than a robot. (Not to mention robots can be turned against you.)
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I think this link might do some good.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Matrix
Next, robots by 2050 can beat the World Champions in Football (Soccer in US) therefore this shows robots could be much more effective than humans in terms of war & battle.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1SCu9yiBlo

Technological predictions are always accurate.
Hi,

Fredbill, you are correct about the software bugs but it holds more than just the life of a town, it could lead to Nuclear Wars being triggered or World Wars being triggered because if a robots which are extremely powerful & more dangerous than a human soldier has a software bug and starts exterminating large population (10,000 - 9000 people (rough size of around a 5 high-schools) ) as robots like that could be mass produced and simply deployed in parachutes to cities.

If even 1000's die the governments will most likely go into a state of war with the country which will increases the chances of nuclear war heavily.
Not to mention enemy hackers. If they find a way into the software then your weapon can be turned against you.
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