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Dec 15 - Elderly in Japan Are Wearing Exoskeletons to Continue Working Into Their Old Age
 

 
People in Japan are strapping on exoskeletons to meet the physical demands of their jobs.


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While powered exoskeletons may seem like something out of the movies—think Alien, Avatar, Elysium, and how could we forget Iron Man—the concept has increasingly found favor in various applications, ranging from the battlefield to the a*sembly line and even to restore function to paralyzed people’s body.

But now, elderly citizens in Japan are preparing to potentially step into powered exoskeletons so that they can continue laboring into their old age and stall retirement for as long as possible, New Scientist reports.

To put into perspective how dystopian that prospect is, just consider that Japan has one of the largest populations over the age of 65 out of any country, comprising about 26 percent of the total population, per 2015 census data. Japan has both the world’s highest life expectancy and the lowest birthrate.

And as Japan’s workforce continues to decline, the right-wing government of Shinzo Abe has sought to grapple with labor shortages and increased public spending on the senior citizen population by raising the retirement age from 60 to anywhere between 65 and 71.

But now, Japanese tech companies hope to use these exoskeleton suits to allow them to continue their labor well into their advanced age, with some suits costing only $1,300 and allowing people to lift up to 55 pounds. The suit can be charged through a hand pump that fills the “muscles” with pressurized air.




Innophys spokesperson Daigo Orihara said:

“One client is a family-owned company which makes and sells pickled radish and uses heavy weights in the process of production.

The father is in his 70s and was supposed to retire but is still working with our muscle suit.”



Automotive giant Toyota has also poured funds into its motorized exoskeleton research division, in part out of hopes to support the aging workforce. Panasonic, too, has created the popular Atoun Model Y, a $5,500 suit that adds 22 pounds of lifting force to wearers.

No doubt, many senior citizens with their faltering and fragile bodies would prefer a bit of mechanical a*sistance to allow them to lift heavy loads and physically function as they did when they were younger.

However, Japan also has a horrible reputation for working its people to the point of utter exhaustion, if not a total mental breakdown. With a shrinking population that only continues to rapidly age, powered exoskeletons may be the only means by which industry can continue squeezing the last bit of labor from the Japanese people.



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 1 month ago '10        #2
datguyjr 
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Work until death huh.. not me
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 1 month ago '18        #3
Eyesofchaos 
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Yikes

 1 month ago '14        #4
Cboyaki 
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Transformers humans in disguise
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 1 month ago '04        #5
C.R.I.P. 
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I’d rather die than even consider wearing an exo-skeleton to continue making someone else money.
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 1 month ago '13        #6
dsaint 
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fu*k this nonsense. I work in order to live, only a sucker lives in order to work.
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 1 month ago '05        #7
Emperor85 
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 datguyjr said
Work until death huh.. not me
there are alot more older people in japan then there are younger people ...but this is a sample of whats to come for the rest of the world .
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 1 month ago '06        #8
StillFree28 
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...I didn't know death Stranding was real.

Dude is legit wearing Sam's exoskeleton at work.
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 1 month ago '10        #9
ColeWorld  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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fu*k all that
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 1 month ago '14        #10
Ivorypillars 
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Most people in the very near future arent even gonna have a choice
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 1 month ago '09        #11
LOONATIK 
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Couldn't be me lol
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 1 month ago '18        #12
niruggg 
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need that, was looking at exoskeletons the other day
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 1 month ago '04        #13
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If they implement these early enough, imagine how much more labor you can squeeze out of a person. Tom Brady get one of these, he gone play til he 60 lol
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 1 month ago '05        #14
MidNiteBlues 
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This is depressing on so many levels...damn
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 1 month ago '18        #15
shooter  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Don't worry, the robots will in play by the time most of you get old.

You won't have to wear a exoskeleton. You'll be free to be unemployed and just die.
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 1 month ago '12        #16
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This might be cool to a*sist you during your prime years doing manual labor, but I'm not wearing this to continue working until I'm 80
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 1 month ago '19        #17
WashCloth  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 GoldynChyld421 said
If they implement these early enough, imagine how much more labor you can squeeze out of a person. Tom Brady get one of these, he gone play til he 60 lol
His comes equipped with cameras
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 1 month ago '04        #18
ddash 
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well I been looking for a new back and right knee cap on ebay for months.Bodies aint what they use to be
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 1 month ago '12        #19
mars15  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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Trash work culture there.
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 1 month ago '05        #20
ReDvIaGrA  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Who says you cant work when you are older for health insurance..

 1 month ago '16        #21
LOW LIFE  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Yeah man this is sad

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 1 month ago '18        #22
BrooklynDamien  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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These some sucker a*s n*ggas... Sheeeesh... They ain't getting no pu**y.... Work harder than a bi*ch for nothing.... Damn, what do these n*ggas even get outta life????
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 1 month ago '12        #23
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 1 month ago '07        #24
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 1 month ago '19        #25
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When income goes up fertility generally goes down.

It also seems to be partially by design, which is insanity. What's good for the goose is not good for the gander, at least in this instance.

I have colleagues from China on work visas.
They have incredible stress because of small family size and the pressure they have to take care of their parents/ no social safety net in China.
Of course a safety net would cost more, and the family unit is the most economically efficient mechanism for care in existence. So we end up with a paradoxical phenomenon where we have small families and a more costly governmental burden but more prosperity on paper.

Edit: We are better off in the U.S.A. due to relatively liberal immigration policies. Immigrants, at least from developing countries, tend to have larger families than people already here.


Last edited by PolloFrito; 12-15-2019 at 08:17 PM..
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