Manufacturers Defends EATR

In an update on the story about the new military robot in development that refuels itself by consuming biomass, Robot Technologies and Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. issued a press release denying that its robot would consume human bodies. Wired published the release, which says in part:
RTI’s patent pending robotic system will be able to find, ingest and extract energy from biomass in the environment. Despite the far-reaching reports that this includes “human bodies,” the public can be assured that the engine Cyclone has developed to power the EATR runs on fuel no scarier than twigs, grass clippings and wood chips – small, plant-based items for which RTI’s robotic technology is designed to forage. Desecration of the dead is a war crime under Article 15 of the Geneva Conventions, and is certainly not something sanctioned by DARPA, Cyclone or RTI.

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"You’d be peeing your pants if this thing destroyed your lawn."

you mean a robot that can cut grass and use the cut grass as fuel to cut more grass? oh yea, im changin my pants right now....
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The first time I saw the article I thought: Who says the bodies have to be dead before they are eaten?

Glad to see my scientists have assured me this won't be the case. What? You believe the scientists don't you?
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