in Ronin Kurt Stryder is a volunteer in a programme to manufacture a super soldier for the military, a programme that has spectacular results and changes Kurt’s life for ever.
The goal of producing the super soldier is quite real and not just specifically dedicated for fiction. It has been an ongoing goal for decades utilizing various techniques. Today DARPA is in the process of developing an exo suit to give the wearer increased strength and stamina. The suit is being developed by SARCOS a robotics company. Early designs have produced results that allow the wearer to lift up to 200lbs with minimum effort and can do so repeatedly. It is DARPA’s hope that this can be increased to be able to lift double that weight and be adapted to be able to carry heavy weapons so that it could be used for a combat application.
Real world applications that most of us probably thought was just a figment of someone’s wild imagination. Science fiction though has a habit of becoming science fact. There have been many instances where the two have over layed, take for example the mobile phone. Had it not been for the Star Trek communicator would we have the modern smart phone and is it any wonder that the first few designs of the mobile phone were the clamb shell or flip phone, just like Kirk’s communicator, I think not. So is it any wonder the super soldier in whatever form, is being developed, I also think not.
In Ronin, the members of Col Sec are fitted with Neural Interface’s. A simple device that allows the user to access computers and other tech such as comm channels wirelessly. Data can be downloaded directly to the brain where the NI stores and delivers it to the brain in a form it can understand. How soon before we see something like this more frequently? We already have cochlear implants for people with severe hearing difficulty or who are profoundly deaf so this could be just a few more steps from that.
Whatever the future brings, you can bet that someone thought of it, in some form in the here and now and is probably writing about it.
Until then, see you soon,