Whilst I don't really keep with the latest in bionic research and that, I did find the following article rather interesting.
It's an impressive feat, and not only for the runner.
What does this mean for mankind now? Clearly we are able to make more or less functioning bionic suits, and to be honest, the £43,000 price tag is a tiny price compared to the insurance pay out for someone crippled through negligence (seriously, they have to have a specifically modified house, transport, the lot). So already the technology itself is affordable from the off.
And clearly this is just the beginning of this. I'm sure I don't need to illustrate just how fast tech is developed these days. Give this what, 5 years, and we can reasonably expect to see full body bionic exoskeletons!