The picture above isn’t quite accurate. Take a look at this other diagram of the EATR:
The feature I’d like you to notice is the chainsaw. How else would it be able to dismember bodies to bite size pieces able to be fed into the hopper? Just take a moment to visualize this little critter in action.
Fox News has the Story:
Robotic Technology Inc.’s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot — that’s right, “EATR” — “can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically-based energy sources), as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, heavy fuel, kerosene, diesel, propane, coal, cooking oil, and solar) when suitable,” reads the company’s Web site.
That “biomass” and “other organically-based energy sources” wouldn’t necessarily be limited to plant material — animal and human corpses contain plenty of energy, and they’d be plentiful in a war zone.
First off, whose dead are we talking about here? I was under the impression that we recover our fallen soldiers whenever possible and intern them on US soil. We certainly don’t leave them where they fall for RoboChow.
Second, do we really need ‘biomass’ fueled bots? Wall-E was solar powered and he kept plugging along for two thousand years! Although, what a different movie it would have been had he been powered by the CPT Waste Heat Engine used by the EATR… [Come on kids, the movie is about to start! Wait, this isn't Wall-E, it's Hungr-E! Aaugh!!!!!!!]
In The Matrix, robots used people for power because the sun was blocked out by the upper atmospheric dust cloud of a nuclear holocaust (intended to STOP the machines!). Thanks to the developers of EATR, we now know why they chose humans as a power supply. Thanks guys!!