Re: ROBOT: wearable self-propelled robotic suit

From: Adrian Tymes (
Date: Thu Nov 08 2001 - 19:52:51 MST

Emlyn O'regan wrote:
> I'd be rather surprised if this scenario were to pan out. When considering
> the far longer lifespans which begin to make "rare" accidents more
> problematic, the context is unlikely to include a biological body which is
> similar to that we have today. At some point in the future I imagine that we
> will find our biological bodies are just too hard to work with, with far too
> many drawbacks, especially considering the alternatives that should arise.

Even in that case, this becomes useful. This powersuit (powered, hard
shelled suits) aka "mechanized armor" or "mecha") could become the
basis for our new bodies - or, at least, physical avatars when we need
human-like bodies to interact with the world (more of a factor at
first, when only a few have uploaded and the world is still built to
human scale and capabilities). Oh, and if they manage to seal it
against biochem warface, and *especially* if they rad-harden it to give
some anti-nuke defenses? Hello, spacesuit, much more usable than
what's currently deployed. (Spacesuits seem to be heading more and
more towards non-powered hard shelled pressure suits, or "hardsuits"
for short, though there is not as much need up there for the motors
that turn a hardsuit into a powersuit.)

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