Japan Is Creating Your Future Cyborg Overlords Right Now

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Wow, I don't know what's crazier — that there's a Japanese company called Cyberdyne, or the fact that it's creating cyborg limbs that look sort of like 1960s Cybermen. Or maybe the fact that its cyborg limbs are called "Human Assistive Limb," or HAL for short. What's next? The Brilliant Organ Replacement Group? It's like they're announcing that we're doomed. It's bad enough that Skynet already exists. More pics below the fold.

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Cyberdyne showed off these HAL robot suits today at the company's new R&D center in Tsukuba City. Mass production of our new overlords the suits will begin Oct. 10. The suits actually read brain signals and figure out how you're going to move, then they assist with motion, for people with gait disorders or seniors. The suits will go for U.S. $2,200 a month, or $1,500 for just one leg. Top image by AP/Kasahara. Other images by Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP/Getty.

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Kamigoroshi
Kamigoroshi

Few things here that I can put together.

1. HAL can read brain signals.

2. Cyberdyne is the company that makes HAL.

3. Skynet is an advance military communications network.

Am I going too jumping too far in imagining what if HAL somehow connects with Skynet and human consciousness merges with a military network, thus gaining sentience alongside the darker impulses of what it means to be human.

Or maybe we're in the alternate reality where Skynet, Cyberdyne and HAL are good and we all get to be IronMan wannabes.

OK. My imagination just short circuited there for a moment.