Welcome to the future. This is the Throw Forward Thursday studio. Come with me to 2026 when robotic exoskeletons are being used all around the world. A robotic exoskelet skeleton? Yes, this is an outer layer that can be put on a human being and give you a variety of robotic assistance for various things.

So if you put it on your legs, you can run faster. If you put it on your back and your arms, you can lift heavier things. You can be stronger. It essentially is the Bionic world and linking in humans and machines and we can add some artificial intelligence. Or I prefer to call it intelligent assistance to these robots and mechanics as well.

In civilian use. We will use these in factories and in manufacturing environments, helping people who work in factories to be able to lift heavier things, move different things around, maybe move and react a little bit faster or integrate more effectively with machines in a military environment, it gets a little bit scary, in my opinion, because these exoskeletons create essentially superhumans people who can run faster, move faster, carry heavier equipment and engage with the enemy with more ferocious firepower. I don’t think that’s a good thing and we’re going to look a little bit more next week at some of the scary parts of the future of war and the future of war machines.

But robotic exoskeletons are also useful in the medical environment. One of the biggest reasons that old people get older faster is because their skeleton literally their body crumples over and hunches over.

That’s not good for the organs in your body, your heart and your liver, your kidneys and so on that need to function. And so keeping a human being upright, helping them to have better posture and assisting when they might lose muscle strength. Assisting them in having freedom of movement and also keeping all of their body upright is a huge, huge advance and improvement in medical systems. And so robotic exoskeletons is not just about making workers work harder or the army be more ferocious in war, but it also has medical contributions as well and I’m sure there are more uses as we think about it.

I think this is coming very, very soon. Prototypes are already in place and we will see it before the end of this decade in very many and different parts of our lives.

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Graeme Codrington, is an internationally recognized futurist, specializing in the future of work. He helps organizations understand the forces that will shape our lives in the next ten years, and how we can respond in order to confidently stay ahead of change. Chat to us about booking Graeme to help you Re-Imagine and upgrade your thinking to identify the emerging opportunities in your industry.

For the past two decades, Graeme has worked with some of the world’s most recognized brands, travelling to over 80 countries in total, and speaking to around 100,000 people every year. He is the author of 5 best-selling books, and on faculty at 5 top global business schools.

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