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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
Fox ^ | July 15, 2009

Posted on 07/15/2009 5:14:05 AM PDT by RDTF

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.

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(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: biomass; bodies; military; robot

1 posted on 07/15/2009 5:14:06 AM PDT by RDTF
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To: RDTF

Live bodies also?


2 posted on 07/15/2009 5:15:32 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: RDTF

Robotic Technology Inc.’s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot — that’s right, “EATR”


3 posted on 07/15/2009 5:15:46 AM PDT by RDTF ("I'm pretty sure this is a 2 man job once the shooting starts")
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4 posted on 07/15/2009 5:15:52 AM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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To: RDTF
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5 posted on 07/15/2009 5:16:23 AM PDT by Pistolshot (Brevity: Saying a lot, while saying very little.)
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To: RDTF
"You mean, like democrats?"

Bob Hope.

6 posted on 07/15/2009 5:16:46 AM PDT by C210N (A patriot for a Conservative Renaissance!)
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To: RDTF

I don’t like this. Does this mean I get eaten first?


7 posted on 07/15/2009 5:19:27 AM PDT by allmost
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To: RDTF

Are you sure this wasn’t from a script of the Movie “Wild Wild West II”?

steam-powered robot

Sounds like something Dr. Loveless came up with.


8 posted on 07/15/2009 5:20:43 AM PDT by DManA
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To: RDTF
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9 posted on 07/15/2009 5:24:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: RDTF
They already exist.

10 posted on 07/15/2009 5:26:32 AM PDT by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: MikeWUSAF

LOL!

You’re right.

Hide the dogs!


11 posted on 07/15/2009 5:28:26 AM PDT by mountaineer1997
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To: RDTF
"The scoops are on their way!"

Cheers!

12 posted on 07/15/2009 5:28:32 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: MikeWUSAF

Good lord. That pic could replace Helen Thomas as the “not hot” babe.


13 posted on 07/15/2009 5:28:34 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset
"That pic could replace Helen Thomas as the “not hot” babe."

No, my vote for that would be the picture of the Code Pink behemoth sitting on a park bench with her belly hanging lower than the hem of her dress ...

I don't have that picture handy, but I'm sure that someone does.

14 posted on 07/15/2009 5:31:44 AM PDT by BlueLancer (Think Of It As Evolution in Action)
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To: RDTF
Upon the EATR platform, the Pentagon could build all sorts of things — a transport, an ambulance, a communications center, even a mobile gunship

So, nobody forsees the possibility of issues surrounding the building of a somewhat autonomous machine designed to kill people, and that feeds off dead bodies.

I can see it now - a "minor software glitch" sends one of these things on a smorgasbordian rampage...
15 posted on 07/15/2009 6:06:50 AM PDT by chrisser (Facts and honesty won't change the world. You want change - you need propaganda.)
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To: Squantos

Wonder where they will find the volunteers for the “live” testing?


16 posted on 07/15/2009 6:11:21 AM PDT by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: RDTF

Now here is an example of how military research spending can move over into the realm of civilian use.

Just imagine your auto being fitted with one of these engines. It will run on roadkill—and no more unsightly dead dogs lying around. Why people will be steering for those dead armadillos instead of away from them.

Move over Velcro!


17 posted on 07/15/2009 6:16:34 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: chrisser

I especially like the idea of an ambulance which feeds off dead bodies. What could possibly go wrong?


18 posted on 07/15/2009 6:20:12 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (I don't believe anything anyone says about anything anymore.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I especially like the idea of an ambulance which feeds off dead bodies. What could possibly go wrong?

I just keep seeing the Monty Python and the Holy Grail "I'm not dead yet" scene.
19 posted on 07/15/2009 6:29:42 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world, and they are all out to get me.)
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To: SLB

Soylant Green Machine !


20 posted on 07/15/2009 6:35:36 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: RDTF

Starting search for obligatory “Mr. Fusion” photo...


21 posted on 07/15/2009 7:24:06 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: RDTF
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22 posted on 07/15/2009 3:51:07 PM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Quix

Sorry...forgot to ping you to this


23 posted on 07/15/2009 3:53:11 PM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley

Thanks.


24 posted on 07/15/2009 4:57:14 PM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: RDTF; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Robotobor say: Soylent Green is people!

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


25 posted on 07/15/2009 10:25:37 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: MikeWUSAF

What’s with that man? Is vomit just starting to come out of his mouth?


26 posted on 07/16/2009 1:03:01 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: chrisser

“designed to kill people”

Wrong. It’s bottom-feeding, and the “dead bodies” referred to are mostly wild animal carcasses. I don’t see how it could kill any of us - including our pets - intentionally.


27 posted on 07/16/2009 1:05:51 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
Wrong. It’s bottom-feeding, and the “dead bodies” referred to are mostly wild animal carcasses. I don’t see how it could kill any of us - including our pets - intentionally.

You must have missed the part about the mobile gunship option...it's no coincidence that I ended the quote in my post after that phrase;

"Upon the EATR platform, the Pentagon could build all sorts of things — a transport, an ambulance, a communications center, even a mobile gunship"
28 posted on 07/16/2009 1:31:53 PM PDT by chrisser (Facts and honesty won't change the world. You want change - you need propaganda.)
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