Battlefield enhancement science is taking a cue from feature films these days, as soldiers will soon be donning an Iron Man style suit.
Called TALOS, the exoskeleton grants ordinary men superhuman capabilities while also serving them hive-mind digital information and even emergency medical attention if needed. We’re all for protecting our wonderful military men and women, but these exoskeletons creep into Terminator territory.
One side note for those who know their Greek mythology: Talos (sometimes written Talon) was the name of a GIANT man of bronze that is said to have protected Zeus’s consort, Europa, from pirates and invaders. Talos is sometimes pictured as an angelic like being (see image at left) or as a bull. Legend says that Zeus asked Hephaestus to create this giant to keep fiends from kidnapping Europa. Other legends say Daedalus created Talos. Talos in Crete dialect is equivalent with ‘the sun’. With such an acronym, one might think our intrepid soldiers reflect transhumanism of ancient roots: God-men as described in Genesis 6. Here’s an excerpt:
The U.S. military is just weeks away from getting a prototype for an Iron Man-like suit that would make soldiers stronger, give them real-time battlefield information, monitor their vital signs and even stop their bleeding.
Dubbed the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, the suit is expected to keep soldiers safer and give them an advantage on the battlefield.
Read the entire report via U.S. military plans to beef up soldiers with Iron Man-like suit – Computerworld.