Thursday, November 15, 2012

PBS Nova: "What Will the Future Be Like?" Try soldiers with robotic exoskeletons

One Wednesday, November 14, 2012, David Pogue hosted another episode in PBS Nova’s “What Will the Future Be Like?”, link  (website url) here.  

Tonight, Pogue researched the way robotic skeletons could be designed to help paraplegics walk. Furthermore, robotic skeletons could help firefighters or military soldiers who must carry enormous amounts of weight in equipment.  Pogue called himself a “skinny nerd” when he demonstrated walking on a skeleton (like a “giant mechanical man” – movies blog on Nov. 11) carrying a volunteer fireman’s gear. The concept resembles the "exoskeleton" or insects or other arthropods in zoology. 

Pogue also demonstrated computer games that resemble organisms or viruses – or RNA and DNA replication, and presented its inventor, Adrian, along with a 15-year-old protégé who seemed mature for his years.

We might not have much of a future (at least the nerds) at all if we don't protect our power grid. It's more vulnerable (to solar storms and to saboteurs) than we want to know.  

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