Posted: September 15, 2011 by Wildcat in Uncategorized

‘Iron Man’ suit tech within grasp: B.C. scientist

High-tech robotic suits, similar to the one portrayed in the 2008 Hollywood blockbuster Iron Man, could become a reality within 30 years, says a University of Victoria neuroscientist. Paul Zehr said while the technology will have practical benefits, like helping people with spinal-cord injuries walk, it will also have military applications, too. So Zehr, the author of the just-released book Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine, said now’s the time to talk about the practical and moral implications of the technology. “I think the main conclusions are that we have to think in advance about some of the places we are headed to here,” said Zehr in an interview. He said if researchers are going to create technology allowing people to control “suits of armour” with their minds, then safeguards will have to be put in place to ensure those machines can’t be taken over and controlled by others. (via ‘Iron Man’ suit tech within grasp: B.C. scientist – Technology & Science – CBC News)

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