Saturday, July 18, 2009

Headline of the Year!

From CNet.

EATR creators: Our robots won't eat corpses

"For those of you who have been asleep since Tuesday, the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot, or EATR, is a steam-powered robot being developed for military purposes. Its claim to fame is that it can "can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically based energy sources). . .

The important message concludes with the words of Harry Schoell, the CEO of Cyclone Power Technologies (The EATR project is a joint venture between Robotic Technology and Cyclone Power Technologies):

"We completely understand the public's concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission. We are focused on demonstrating that our engines can create usable, green power from plentiful, renewable plant matter. The commercial applications alone for this earth-friendly energy solution are enormous.""
Well that's a shitty day for your average CEO of a Defense-Industry robotics company . . . the day you have to clarify that no, your new project down at R & D isn't a hungry corpse-eater that feasts on the flesh of the dead. It was nice of Harry to mention that he "completely [understood] the public's concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population" though. It's good to know that our concerns are being taken seriously.

We don't have to worry folks, these are categorically NOT those zombie robots you've been hearing about.

What a crazy crazy world we live in. It it weren't so frightening, it'd be absolutely hilarious.

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