Blog: Ford's 'virtual soldier'
Dave Leggett | 21 May 2010
Will the UAW sign him up?
Technological innovations that can cross over from the military sphere to the civilian one have always intrigued me. There's something a little bit depressing about all the resources that we – collectively, as humans - put into 'defending' ourselves from each other. Necessary though it may be in the kind of world we live in, it's not exactly a positive thing for us to be doing.
On the plus side, at least there are plenty of spin-offs from all the considerable resource and technological wizadry that is expended on the military. An example this week is the 'virtual soldier' dubbed 'Santos' that Ford is using to get a better understanding of the ergonomics on the vehicle assembly line. A fascinating development. I wonder what Henry would have made of it?
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