Today, wearable technology includes fitness trackers, wearable cameras, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices. In the future, the futurists predict the merging of man and machine. The article discusses "there are two basic paths for the future of weasel tech -- either machines will end up inside us, or we will end up inside machines -- but either way, the hybrid-machine future is closer than we might think," which is interesting (Basulto, 2016). For example, Los Angeles Times predicts robotic exoskeletons, portable mind monitors, stealth wear, smart textiles and smart clothing, and wearable tech that runs on the human operating system.
The article discusses "the first generation of exoskeletons that included those that were largely for purposes of rehabilitation or regeneration" (Basulto, 2016). Also, the article discusses "the next generation of exoskeletons promises to give human super-abilities" (Basulto, 2016). I think robotic exoskeletons are important because humans can regain the performance of a damaged limb. However, I think robotic exoskeletons can be "ethically questionable" because it could be one way for troops to gain superhuman capabilities. The article discusses "the Talos "Iron Man suit" provides full bulletproof body armor, a helmet-based heads-up-display of the surrounding and enhanced capacity to carry more powerful weaponry while overcoming any obstacles in the environment" (Basulto, 2016). I think "military necessity" can justify actions, such as, robotic exoskeletons, that are otherwise impermissible (Lin, 2012). Also, I think troops with robotic exoskeletons would rush into riskier situations than their normal counterparts (Lin, 2012).
The article discusses "stealth clothing is similar to the idea of stealth technology used by the military; in this case, you need to find the right reflective material that can block surveillance cameras and mobile tracking devices" (Basulto, 2016). I think "stealth wear" is important because it would benefit military personnel, which is good. However, "stealth wear" could be the solution to non-military personnel if they want to go completely off the grid, which is bad.
I think the article dealt with a few of the important aspects of wearable technology. The article discussed the similarities and differences between the first generation and second generation of robotic exoskeletons. Also, the article discussed the similarities and differences between "stealth wear" for military and non-milatry personnel. However the article didn't discuss the ethics of robotic exoskeletons, such as, superhuman capabilities Also, the article didn't discuss the bad aspects of wearable technology, such as, non-military personnel going completely off the grid.
Basulto, Dominic. "5 Futuristic Oddities From the Weird Wold of Wearable Tech." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2016. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.
Patrick, Lin. "More Than Human? The Ethics of Biologically Enhancing Soilders." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 16 Feb. 2012. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.