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Army Tests New 'AI-Controlled-Exoskeleton' Super-Soldier

Published: November 27, 2017
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Source: Zero Hedge

Lockheed Martin’s Fortis Knee Stress Release Device (K-SRD) – an AI controlled exoskeleton is designed to turn U.S. soldiers into super-machines. The Army is currently testing the technology at Fort A.P. Hill running it through normal tasks of combat infantry– in order to see if productivity increase.

The Fortis exoskeleton, which weighs 85-pounds, looks like a piece of tech from Iron Man’s suit, works with AI to analyze and replicate individual walk patterns, provide additional torque, and add more power to combat infantry personnel. Attached to the exoskeleton are independent actuators, motors and lightweight conformal structures, powered by a 3-pound lithium ion battery that allows soldiers to complete tasks while expending less energy.

According to Scout.com,

 
 

It is built with a conformal upper structure that works on a belt attached to the waist.

 

The belt connects with flexible hip sensors throughout the systems. These sensors tell the computer where the soldier is in space along with the speed and velocity of the movements.

Keith Maxwell, senior program manager, exoskeleton technology, Lockheed Martin said, “we’ve had this on some of the Army’s elite forces, and they were able to run with high agility carrying full loads. We were showing a decrease in the metabolic cost of transport, the measure of how much energy is required to climb uphill.”

The technology is designed to help soldiers, run, maneuver, carry injured comrades and perform a wide range of combat tasks, while exerting minimal energy said Scout.com. Engineers report that AI systems working in sync with motors on the exoskeleton can reduce about nine percent energy per task.

The machine “knows what you are trying to do when you are trying to do it,” Maxwell said. 

Just yesterday, we explained how self-driving cars decide who lives and dies indicating AI is starting to have a much larger presence in human decision making.

A few weeks ago, we reported on Ford - wrapping its workers in exoskeleton suits (Non-AI) to improve worker productivity, as the company recognizes the ugly demographic shift in the western hemisphere will produce lower productivity. The push for the exoskeleton through corporations and government points to a transhumanist approach to evolve the human race through technology, with human-beings currently hitting physical and mental limitations.

You may not already know it, but the transhumanist agenda to condition the American people in the acceptance of merging humans and technology is well underway in the media.

A recent, independently-funded study from University of Michigan’s Human Neuromechanics Laboratory found the exoskeleton significantly improved mobility of the test subjects. International Business Times provides a brief overview of the study, 

 
 

four trained experts wore the Fortis exoskeleton and carried as much as 40 pounds (around 18kg) of weight on their backs while walking on a treadmill inclined at 15 degrees.

 

The subjects kept varying their speeds in order to demonstrate real-life situations, which could sometimes require troops to walk fast or run over rough terrains. They also performed the same physically-demanding task without any gear.

 

Ultimately, the results of the test showed significant differences between both scenarios. When wearing the exoskeleton, participants conserved energy and witnessed a significant reduction in exhaustion, while without it, they were quick to suffer from fatigue.

In a preview of things to come, Lockheed Martin’s AI controlled exoskeleton identifies the transhumanist trend of evolving the human race through technology. This is not science fiction, as  it’s already happening today in corporations and government who are actively testing wearable robots for practical applications. At first, it seemed great, using AI exoskeletons to improve productivity, but what happens when AI becomes self aware? We already seen this story before– just rewatch The Terminator.

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