Thursday, July 16, 2009

What could possibly go wrong with an armed robot that can feast on human flesh?

Don't worry, EATR is being funded by the Department of Defense, so it will be perfectly safe, of course:
The purpose of the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR)™ (patent pending) project is to develop and demonstrate an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling, which would otherwise preclude the ability of the robot to perform such missions. The system obtains its energy by foraging – engaging in biologically-inspired, organism-like, energy-harvesting behavior which is the equivalent of eating. It can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically-based energy sources), as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, heavy fuel, kerosene, diesel, propane, coal, cooking oil, and solar) when suitable.
Hat Tip: Grishnash via email.

Fox News helpfully explains:
That "biomass" and "other organically-based energy sources" wouldn't necessarily be limited to plant material — animal and human corpses contain plenty of energy, and they'd be plentiful in a war zone.
I feel safer from the terrorists already. Robotron 2084 here we come!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

... and I always thought that SkyNet becoming self-aware was the only robotic danger from our near-future. How silly of me. Obviously Terminators that look like Arnold, or possibly psychotic-cops-made-of-liquid-metal, pale next to the possibility of ...

Robot zombies! George Romero needs to know about this.

3:21 PM, July 16, 2009  
OpenID jdm314 said...

Aha!

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/07/company-denies-its-robots-feed-on-the-dead/

7:35 AM, July 20, 2009  

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