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Exoskeleton Ethics: Play

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While exoskeletons are being developed primarily for military, medical and commercial applications, they have obvious potential for play. For example, it is easy to imagine various new sports in which athletes wear exoskeletons to enable even greater performance. From a moral standpoint, the use of exoskeletons in sports designed for them raises no special moral issues. After all, the creation of motorized sports is as old as the motor and this territory is well known. As such, exoskeletons in sports designed for them is no different from racing cars or motorcycles. It is, of course, worth noting that exoskeletons can be added to older sports such as cross country or track. But, this is something that is already well known. To illustrate, having runners compete while wearing exoskeletons is analogous to having bicyclists compete with motorized bikes (or just racing motorcycles). Naturally, adding exoskeletons to existing sports to create modified versions could create some safety. . .

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