People Parts to Fuel New Military Robot?

Dy’er Sez: So the ‘bots are possibly getting an entree of Soylent Green? This is one of those stories that, when you tell someone about it, people say you’re full ‘o crap. So, as a public service, I’ve posted it here. Yer welcome.

Story from Fox News:

Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies

FoxNews

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.

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