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Exoskeleton Ethics: Work

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A staple of science fiction, an exoskeleton is a powered frame that attaches to the body to provide support and strength. The movie Live, Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow featured combat exoskeletons as does the video game Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. These fictional devices allow combatants to run faster and longer while carrying heavier loads, giving them an advantage in combat. There are also peaceful applications of the technology, such as allowing people with injuries to walk and augmenting human abilities for the workplace. For those concerned with fine details of nerdiness, exoskeletons should not be confused with cybernetic parts (these fully replace body parts, such as limbs or eyes) or powered armor (like that used in the novel Starship Troopers and by Iron Man). As with almost any new technology, the development of exoskeletons raises some ethical questions. Fortunately for addressing these questions, humans have been using technological enhancements since we started being. . .

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