In labs around the world, scientists and entrepreneurs are working on enhancements that will make us smarter, stronger and more resilient, and give us abilities once only deemed possible in science fiction. Our environment is increasingly wired, sensor-filled, and digitally connected - and so are we.
Remember the military suit Tom Cruise wore in The Edge of Tomorrow that let him run faster, jump higher and fight better than the average soldier? Well, it won’t be too long until we start seeing soldiers in the field wearing similar-looking combat suits. Militaries around the world are currently experimenting with exoskeleton builds to enhance soldiers' strength and stamina, allowing them to carry more equipment and boost performance in the field.
One such suit in development is the Lockheed FORTIS, designed to help soldiers run, manoeuver, carry injured comrades and perform a wide range of combat tasks while preventing hyperextension of the knee. Initial reports claim that the suit reduces the amount of energy required to perform a task by nine percent, using on-board AI to learn the gait of an individual soldier and personalising it to that specific user. But exoskeletons are not solely the domain of the military.
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