Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
The Pentagon has hired a Maryland company know as Robotic Technology Inc. to develop these new robots.
The official name of this new robot is "Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot", otherwise known by the acronym "EATR".
Yes, these robots will be called "EATRs".
You just can't make this stuff up.
According to the company's website, these EATRs will feed themselves by foraging whatever organic material they find around them:
"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."
That includes human flesh.
These EATR robots will be powered by the Waste Heat Engine developed by Cyclone Power Technology. This engine uses an "external combustion chamber" which burns fuel to heat up water in a closed loop, generating electricity.
The advantage of having robots such as these is that they could refuel and operate independently for months or even years. They would be able to function in almost any environment and would require very little servicing.
But obviously there is one HUGE downside.
In fact, anyone who has seen "The Terminator" can the downside from a million miles away.
Is it REALLY a great idea to be developing futuristic killer robots that feed on dead human flesh?
Any science fiction fan will tell you that such a plan can only end very, very badly.