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Military unveiling 'Iron Man' prototype suit

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  • Center Left
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    Dallas, TX
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    Just watched a Youtube video by RT, reporting the story of the US Military unveiling an 'Iron Man'-like prototype suit. Biggest difference between this prototype and Tony Stark variety, the military's won't fly. At least not for the first several iterations.

    Do you think this is a good idea, or just an inevitable one? They plan to officially release this in a few weeks. And possibly in a few years, it will become standard issue for certain sects of our special forces. The suit is called TALOS, which stands for "Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, the exoskeleton comes complete with cameras, computers, night-vision, medical telemetry and other sensors. Although the prototype set to be delivered is not powered to provide extra-human strength, a more complete model is expected as early as 2016." RT report.

    I am honestly both terrified and intrigued. That's the double-edged sword of advancing technology, I guess. Intriguing because of how humans in general have the capacity to turn pure imagination into reality. Terrified because one of our main motivating factors is to use this ability for war. The name Talos is from Greek mythology. Talos was a giant man of bronze who protected Europa in Crete from pirates and invaders. He circled the island's shores three times daily. No doubt this acronym was specifically chosen to instill fear and to further attempt to assert our dominance on the world stage, even going as far as to insinuate that we are "god-like" with our military prowess.

    Here's the video:

  • Independent
    Widefield, CO
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    Arroyo Wrote: Just watched a Youtube video by RT, reporting the story of the US Military unveiling an 'Iron Man'-like prototype suit. Biggest difference between this prototype and Tony Stark variety, the military's won't fly. At least not for the first several iterations.

    Do you think this is a good idea, or just an inevitable one? They plan to officially release this in a few weeks. And possibly in a few years, it will become standard issue for certain sects of our special forces. The suit is called TALOS, which stands for "Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, the exoskeleton comes complete with cameras, computers, night-vision, medical telemetry and other sensors. Although the prototype set to be delivered is not powered to provide extra-human strength, a more complete model is expected as early as 2016." RT report.

    I am honestly both terrified and intrigued. That's the double-edged sword of advancing technology, I guess. Intriguing because of how humans in general have the capacity to turn pure imagination into reality. Terrified because one of our main motivating factors is to use this ability for war. The name Talos is from Greek mythology. Talos was a giant man of bronze who protected Europa in Crete from pirates and invaders. He circled the island's shores three times daily. No doubt this acronym was specifically chosen to instill fear and to further attempt to assert our dominance on the world stage, even going as far as to insinuate that we are "god-like" with our military prowess.

    Actually, that looks a lot like the suits on Patlabor or AD Police...
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    NUTS; if we would spent our tax money on more important things than "war" toys that would be more beneficial to our country; you do not need these suits if we would refrain for a change of invading other countries who never attacked us. Why make so called "progress" all the time in war tools; while our infrastructure is at a standstill; I guess you do not need a suit like that to grow corn. The mentality in this country is "sick"; the focus should be on other things to improve peoples lives around the globe not to improve our "killing" skills.
  • Center Left
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    Charlotte, NC
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    I think it's cool. This isn't just a, "war toy". It can be used to rescue people from fires, save animals/people in danger, help in hostage situations, shootings, and god forbid bombings. Unfortunately I just watched the new 'RoboCop', and am left with a very bad taste in my mouth. It was awful...

    Alot of people see this and think what you're thinking Dutch. Just another tax dollar pit, and war agitator. That may be true in some instances, but you have to think of all the good this thing could do aswell.
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Dutch Wrote: NUTS; if we would spent our tax money on more important things than "war" toys that would be more beneficial to our country; you do not need these suits if we would refrain for a change of invading other countries who never attacked us. Why make so called "progress" all the time in war tools; while our infrastructure is at a standstill; I guess you do not need a suit like that to grow corn. The mentality in this country is "sick"; the focus should be on other things to improve peoples lives around the globe not to improve our "killing" skills.
    Most of the technological advancement of the last 70 years came from military spending. GPS and Internet just to name a couple.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    The military has also given us Kevlar, pilotless RF controlled eavesdropping consumer drones, vapor cloth (great anti-wicking material when camping), millions of electronic component technologies, aided in the space race, advances in metallurgy, and all the gee-whiz stuff people think that just happen to be a brain fart of some kid in the garage. The reason why the military has direct connections is they have the money. Research cost enormous sums of money. So, the military approaches big business with cash in hand and initiates research for a desired product. Big business takes that research and produces consumer, non-military, products. This causes a win-win for everybody.

    These robo-suits are no surprise, but I am concerned that nobody is even watching the new stuff in auto-weapons, lasers, robotics, eavesdropping/spying, invisibility/cloaking of personnel and hardware. I have had several threads on these devices the past six months.

    So, take that robo human pictured and make him invisible and add a few laser weapons on his shoulders that under eye control............cool. I think I saw this guy on a movie recently. You think Hollywood has the inside track on what is coming out of the military research industry?

    It's about time for the military to start releasing more glimpses of the future with their hardware and soldiers of the future. People have been waiting for a long time for the advancement of technology. It's been at least 10 years since anything extraordinary has been released. I see that the U2 is still flying and that thing is ancient. New aircraft engines and that new trapeline that Putin said for America to use getting to space station. Well, we just might release some of this new stuff and get America back into leading the competition. Putin may have something similar, but I doubt it. All that Roswell theory is about to show just what the alien experience has given us. I believe it is coming and it's like having to pee and your holding it way too long. America, hold on to your junk, your about to be amazed. Technology is slowing down for some reason and I think it's because something major is about to happen, just like the personal computer, breaking the sound barrier, nuclear age, internet and flat screen TV's. Think back on those days and remember how fast all this came. This is why I think a major media explosion is about to break. I still got to pee, but I'm holding...........
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    Just another multi-billion dollar piece of junk to clutter up the house. Then you gotta insure it, dust it, keep the dog away from it, etc. I suppose the kids could play Robot-Warrior with it, for a couple of weeks, but then it would be another heap of rusting garbage, taking up space.............
    Taking up space !! That's IT. We can send these things to space for us, to explore where no man can ever go.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I expect that these "robocops" will eventually find there way into local police forces and SWAT teams. Build it and they will buy it...while cutting some more social programs to pay for it.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt Wrote: I expect that these "robocops" will eventually find there way into local police forces and SWAT teams. Build it and they will buy it...while cutting some more social programs to pay for it.
    Maybe a good suit for our teachers and drug runners.