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Autonomous robots eat (almost) everything

Biomass-fuelled machine has military applications


 

The Eatr, Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot, is a steam-powered machine that eats twigs, leaves and plants for fuel. It’s only in testing stages now, but advanced models could power themselves for months, and work as roving turrets or front-line ambulances. The military use of autonomous, organic material-devouring robots has led to rumours that Eatrs might approach battlefield-strewn corpses. But its developers have put that idea to rest. They say the Eatr has special sensors which only allow it to eat certain types of material.

The Guardian


 
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Autonomous robots eat (almost) everything

  1. what happens if it gets tired of road kill and decides to augment it's dietary selection to reflect something of a fresher variety? – oops

  2. Ever so often reports like these will pop up involving robots, and make me very scared for the future.

    • Nothing to worry about, Jonathan, the robot's creators are going to 'ensure' they don't eat humans and we all know technology never goes wrong.

    • Nothing to worry about, Jonathan & Wayne, the robot's creators are going to 'ensure' they don't eat humans and we all know technology never goes wrong.

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