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Is this Korean Company Employing Cyborgs?

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is outfitting its workers with robotic exoskeletons.

Last year, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, one of the biggest shipbuilders in the world, ran a pilot test with workers outfitted in wearable robotics at their facility in Okpo-dong in South Korea. The carbon, aluminum alloy, and steel exoskeleton gives its wearer support during heavy lifting, but is designed so that its 28-kg frame doesn't prove to be burdensome. Workers strap themselves into the robotics, starting at the feet and moving up across the thighs, waist, and chest. A backpack connected to the rig powers and controls the suit.

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Automation Insurance: Robots Are Replacing Middle Class Jobs

The middle class is disappearing and the problem is deeper than politics. How will we understand work in the coming age of robotics?

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