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July 14, 2009

Terminator Meets Dawn Of The Dead Courtesy Of The Pentagon

This will not end well.

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.

Yes and if there isn't enough "biomass" around, this armed little bugger will simply 'make some more'.

Now when Skynet becomes self-aware and we try and shut it off it will simply kill us faster so it can eat. Great.

Thanks to "maddogg" in the comments.


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