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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
07-14-2009, 05:15 PM,
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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,532492...test=latestnews

Quote:It could be a combination of 19th-century mechanics, 21st-century technology — and a 20th-century horror movie.

A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling up whatever organic material it can find — grass, wood, old furniture, even dead bodies.

Robotic Technology Inc.'s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot — that's right, "EATR" — "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," reads the company's Web site.

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.

EATR will be powered by the Waste Heat Engine developed by Cyclone Power Technology of Pompano Beach, Fla., which uses an "external combustion chamber" burning up fuel to heat up water in a closed loop, generating electricity.

The advantages to the military are that the robot would be extremely flexible in fuel sources and could roam on its own for months, even years, without having to be refueled or serviced.
Upon the EATR platform, the Pentagon could build all sorts of things — a transport, an ambulance, a communications center, even a mobile gunship.
In press materials, Robotic Technology presents EATR as an essentially benign artificial creature that fills its belly through "foraging," despite the obvious military purpose.
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07-14-2009, 06:10 PM,
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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
Oh shit..that's the nightmare :unsure::angry2:

I dare say it will be able to 'make energy' from living humans too.
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07-14-2009, 07:08 PM,
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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
What's with us CT'ers? My first thought was also 'what about living people?'...

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07-14-2009, 10:34 PM,
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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
I hope it backfires on the engineers and scientists building it...
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07-14-2009, 10:39 PM,
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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
Quote:I hope it backfires on the engineers and scientists building it...

lol you mean you hope it eats them? :huh::D:
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07-14-2009, 10:54 PM,
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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
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Quote:I hope it backfires on the engineers and scientists building it...

lol you mean you hope it eats them? :huh::D:
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07-28-2009, 03:30 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-28-2009, 03:31 PM by JazzRoc.)
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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
A "useful" eater?
:laughkick:
Better start runnin'

:signs003:
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07-28-2009, 04:35 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-28-2009, 04:36 PM by ToddTraf.)
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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
First thought is the movie "Screamers". They eventually use dead bodies to start building new models of themselves.
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08-05-2009, 06:35 PM,
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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
Quote:Oh shit..that's the nightmare :unsure::angry2:

I dare say it will be able to 'make energy' from living humans too.

It seems every day we get a little closer to making the Matrix a reality (at least the key elements). Kinda scary.

It is interesting, though. Does the EATR have the ability to disginguish between the living and the deceased? Suppose there is a soldier injured and immobile. Would he be at risk of being EAT'n alive?
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