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Is the augmented workforce coming to New Zealand?

Beyond human

Is the augmented workforce coming to New Zealand?

From the iconic Power Loader suit worn by Sigourney Weaver in Alien to the more recent depiction of Robert Downey Jr. flying around in armour as Iron Man, Hollywood has long used exosuits to transform ordinary humans into augmented, super-powerful beings who save the world. But Hollywood glitz and glamour aside, exosuits are proving to be an incredibly useful edition to workforces around the world, from rehabilitation to manual labour. So, what has the uptake for this once-fictitious innovation been like in New Zealand? And how can we as a country shape the future use of them to benefit as many people as possible? Anna and Kelly Pendergrast investigate.