Robotic Technology Inc. (RTI) is designing a “biomass-eating” robot for the Pentagon, and it’s got some people in a tizzy. Because of some questionable news reports, word has been spreading that the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot—the, ahem, “EATR”—might go marauding across the landscape, feasting upon the carcasses of animals unfortunate enough to have wandered into the metal monster’s path.
RTI was quick to release a statement in which it clarified, “Despite the far-reaching reports that this includes ‘human bodies,’ the public can be assured that the engine … 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.”
In other words, don’t worry. Unlike some machines, these robots are vegetarians.
Since most vegetarians are willing to fight for all living creatures, I feel safer already just knowing that these foraging bots are on our side.
Written by Amanda Schinke