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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New Bio-Mass Powered Robot a Gentle Herbivore, Not a Flesh-Eating Monster, Alas

Larry Greenmeier writes:

When Robotic Technology, Inc., and Cyclone Power Technologies announced earlier this month they had completed the first phase of their project to build a robotic vehicle that could scavenge sticks, grass, leaves and other biomass to fuel itself, the companies had no idea that their proposed machine would set off one of humanity's worst fears: the dawn of an artificially intelligent race of self-sufficient mechanical devices with a hunger for organic meals (including people). The companies quelled last week's clamor that their Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) was being developed as a carnivore by pointing out that it will, in fact, be a vegetarian.

link: Biomass-Fueled Robot to Chow Down On Veggies, Not People, Makers Insist: Scientific American


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