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U.S. Military Working on Flesh Eating Robot

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That's right, the government is working on a robot that eats organic material for fuel.

Fox News is reporting that Robotic Technology Inc., a Maryland company, is under contract with the Pentagon to construct a steam-powered robot that fuels itself by eating organic material, whether it's wood, grass, the neighbor's annoying dog or the actual neighbor himself. That's right, this robot, called EATR (Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot), sounds like something ripped straight out of sci-fi horror movies, consuming human flesh to carry out its mission. However, there's nothing fictional about this metal monster, but just don't expect to see something menacing with metal talons or gaping mechanical jaws.

"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," reads the company website. "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."

As Fox News pointed out, the robot would serve extremely well for the military, capable of roaming battlefields and other hostile environments for months--or perhaps even for years--without having to be manually refueled or serviced thanks to its unique system. By using the EATR platform, the government could build many useful tools including a mobile unmanned gunner, a roving medical center, a transport, or what could spark a first generation of Terminators that will eventually eat all of mankind.

Robotic Technology plans to commercialize EATR in addition to its contract with the Pentagon. Check out the company's full overview here in PDF format.

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    ronml , July 17, 2009 12:12 AM
    An armed autonomous robot that eats biomass.
    If this were in a Terminator movie, we'd all be saying "they'd never do something that dumb in real life".
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    Camikazi , July 17, 2009 12:30 AM
    I knew, movies are just a view of the actual future. These robots will get a taste for human flesh and we will be doomed, DOOMED I SAY!!!
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    the associate , July 17, 2009 12:31 AM
    Nothing an emp grenade can't handle ;) 
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    thejerk , July 16, 2009 11:41 PM
    Never happened if no one's left to tell the story.
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    rigaudio , July 16, 2009 11:42 PM
    Will it beg for table scraps?
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    ronml , July 17, 2009 12:12 AM
    An armed autonomous robot that eats biomass.
    If this were in a Terminator movie, we'd all be saying "they'd never do something that dumb in real life".
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    acecombat , July 17, 2009 12:23 AM
    Will it eat other EATRs for energy??? Could endup with a skynet/decepticon future :o 
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    P_haze420 , July 17, 2009 12:23 AM
    Skynet is real! We must stop them before it's too late.

    Seriously though, this is getting out of hand. It's madding!

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    Camikazi , July 17, 2009 12:30 AM
    I knew, movies are just a view of the actual future. These robots will get a taste for human flesh and we will be doomed, DOOMED I SAY!!!
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    the associate , July 17, 2009 12:31 AM
    Nothing an emp grenade can't handle ;) 
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    Sicundercover , July 17, 2009 1:07 AM
    False!!!!

    This whole rumor started over at the Huffington Post and then Fox picked it up as if it was fact. The machine in question can only process vegetable matter.

    HERE is the official press release,

    Here is the developers site.
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    Hatecrime69 , July 17, 2009 1:56 AM
    fox pick up something random and post it as actual news? there's a shock :p 
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    okibrian , July 17, 2009 1:56 AM
    sicundercoverFalse!!!! This whole rumor started over at the Huffington Post and then Fox picked it up as if it was fact. The machine in question can only process vegetable matter. HERE is the official press release, Here is the developers site.

    At least some one can post some facts and not just run with BS scooped from another news site. Good job! Maybe you should be the one doing the news here.
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    p00dl3_h3r0 , July 17, 2009 2:10 AM
    sicundercoverFalse!!!! This whole rumor started over at the Huffington Post and then Fox picked it up as if it was fact. The machine in question can only process vegetable matter. HERE is the official press release, Here is the developers site.


    What's funny is that the only real reason it won't eat flesh is because of the Geneva convention, not necessarily because its technologically not possible. I could just imagine terrorist taking in a stray and chagning it's programming to target the infidels of the world. Kinda like what they do to pit bulls in Compton.
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    fogartini , July 17, 2009 2:49 AM
    I can just see it now, a pack of survivors underground listening to the sound of people screaming as they're being digested by robots, wondering WHOS {&*^%ing stupid ass idea was it to make robots that are powered by eating people!!!??
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    Darkk , July 17, 2009 2:56 AM
    I actually looked at the PDF file and there is no mention of eating any dead bodies so somebody made that up. Even if it were to be true I would find it horrible as it may mistake a coma person over a dead one. So ya not such a great idea.

    The company is on the right track of self-sustaining machine that can stay out in the battlefield for months or years.
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    Wayoffbase , July 17, 2009 3:04 AM
    tacoslaveso thats were my tax money is going and here i thought it would go to my children's school's. Damn Schwarzenegger cut the school budgets again and doubled dmv costs again. now hes looking for a scapegoat. immigrants gasp!?!?!!? they must be the cause not an overinflated military budget or a retarded governor.

    Since when does the state of california have a military budget??
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    megamanx00 , July 17, 2009 3:13 AM
    Who knows, could end up being a crap eating robot :D 
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    NuclearShadow , July 17, 2009 3:16 AM
    I don't know about any of you but I wouldn't want these robot zombies near me on a battlefield. Robot: "Warning low on fuel" ME: "Well your going to have to wait were under fire" Robot: "Finding closest fuel source" Me: The only thing here is you and me there's nothing you can.... oh wait... Me: arghhhhh!
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    Sicundercover , July 17, 2009 3:16 AM
    I would also like to add to your post Wayoffbase. The governor also has nothing to do with state spending. Thats the job of your local legislatures up in Sacramento. Ohhhh wait they still havnt passed a budget that was due 8 weeks ago. Last year they were 5 months late.

    @p00dle-h3r0, It doesnt eat flesh because the the machine that creates energy is based on in the biomass digestor and it converts cellulose to energy.
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