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Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot

Robotic Technology is developing a robot called EATR, which stands for Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot. It's more than just an acronym. The machine will be able to go on long range and long distance missions and refuel itself by foraging and consuming "biomass" as well as conventional fuels. This biomass could theoretically include dead bodies.
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.

Link to story. Link to website. -Thanks, Brother Bill!

I would have loved to be at the meeting where they discussed a need for a autonomous human-eating robot.

I swear, it's like these people have never seen any science fiction film. They could have at least watched Terminator 3 a few years back.
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Yeah. I try not to be an anti-science guy, running around screaming the Apocalypse is upon us, but HOLY $#&@ING CRAP! I mean, what the hell are they honestly thinking? It's like they're playing mind games with us at this point.
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@redphone

I think they should be able to... I think the thing about "biomass" is that you'd have to be decomposing first before it can harvest the energy. An unconscious injured soldier isn't decomposing enough for it to harvest any energy.
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Hahaha! I can just imagine the robot declaring, "I require nutrients!!" in a loud creepy robot voice as it noms away on a human cadaver.
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I looked this up, and the maker of this robot, Robotic Technology Inc. (RTI) have a press release concerning this project.

They claim it is strictly a vegetarian robot.

They're pullin' our chains. haha
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This is just one of the many developing energy resources for the future robots. Alternatives are fuel cells, chemically powered artificial muscles, solar etc...
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