Not all physical operations can be performed by a person. Some are beyond his abilities, some pose a threat to life and health. Technology can empower people to perform actions that were previously unavailable to them.
Many people are deprived of opportunities in their lives because of congenital or acquired locomotive disorders. They are cut off from many areas of social life because of their limited mobility. At the same time, physically healthy people are at risk of injury and feel permanent physical limitations.
Those operations which a person is unable to perform due to physical limitations or which pose a risk to life and health are performed by specialized devices controlled by a person.
In the future, wearable and remote-controlled devices protect people from injury, promote health recovery and enhance their capabilities. A person gets the opportunity to perform physical actions that were impossible for him without such equipment.
Of the technologies designed to enhance human physical capabilities, exoskeletons are the most common. Exoskeletons are used to rehabilitate patients with motor disabilities and to increase the safety and productivity of employees in factories. Experiments are also being conducted on the use of exoskeletons for military purposes.
Tools and Technologies
Telepresence and telemetry
A person will be able to control more than one device, such as a swarm of drones. The management of such multi-agent systems requires an information environment in which data and instructions can be exchanged not only between the person and the device, but also between the devices directly. For example, Facebook is working on creating an information environment of this type.
Standards and Values
Human beings should be included in technological processes.
The person retains the functions of distinguishing context, decision making and control of the multiagent system.
The development of physical enhancement devices has much in common with such directions as prosthetics and technical means of rehabilitation. For example, Motorica and Open Bionics companies. In the development of the information environment for control of multiagent systems artificial intelligence technologies can be used. An example of work at the intersection of robotics and artificial intelligence is Hanson Robotics.
What you can do to join the practice of developing devices for enhancing: