Ok, it’s just too much to take. As if robots partaking of live flesh wasn’t bad enough, now we have robots with the autonomous foresight to continue their steam-powered existence by means of consuming the DEAD.

Robotic Technologies Inc. is sending us out with the creation of a proper robot predator – the EATR. That doesn’t sound the least bit threatening now does it? You have some time to prepare yourself for what is to come though. This project is currently in the development phase, not the eating phase.

Update! RTI came out after this news to reinforce that the robots will not actually feed off the dead.

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.

but if you don’t believe a word of that… read on.

[The] 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.Foxnews

What is it purpose besides striking fear into our hearts? It would be used in long-range, high endurance missions where refueling would be impossible – reconnaissance, surveillance, maybe even clean-up of body-ridden war-zones. Yes it’s impossible to avoid.

One consolation you do have? When you’re running for your life from the next humanoid version of these machines, you can throw the dead body of your friend behind you to distract and gain a little ground. Tthat is, unless they’re actually small, fast moving little suckers that kill, and devour you instantly. *shudder* Here’s the current model.

How will your corpse be disposed of? The EATR robot uses a handling manipulator to HARVEST organic material and insert it int a BIOMASS SHREDDER. Nice.

Note: The intro image is from the Mark Rogers book The Dead. Best Zombie book evah!

Via Foxnews. Thanks Tyler!


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