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    Good old Fux News.

    Corpse eating robots... Next Week on Fux... Obama is a Grey/human hybrid
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2009
    yep...nom nom nom....indeed...
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2009
    Wow. What helps it distinguish live people from dead I wonder? Also, the idea of them making a gunship out of this is kind of scary, while an ambulance could be downright disturbing.

    Medic A- Hey, this one's not going to make it.

    Medic B- Well we're low on gas...
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    Wow. Nomnomnom.
    Also wondering with PPJJ. Unless it's not a very FAST nomnomnom machine.
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    Idea for a horror movie: EATR tech supports a submarine, but when it breaks down hundreds of feet below the surface, the ship gains a survival instinct of its very own...
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    Heh I wonder how long it took them to come up with EATR as an acronym.
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2009
    The landscape in the artist's rendering is barren because the EATR has killed all the humans in sight. And eaten them.
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2009
    No longer top of the food chain. It's all downhill from here.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2009
    I find myself alarmed by this. And oddly aroused. In theory, okay, it's a good idea. But it puts in my mind some jar-head Military Dude explaining it "IF you are terminated in the course of operations, The EATR System WILL utilize and optimize any and all biological material."

    Since when is it a good idea to give robots a taste for human flesh?
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009
    "We leave no man behind" meets "Bet you can't eat just one."
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    No longer top of the food chain. It's all downhill from here.

    A little bit of tech and we can eat robots, and then it's back on top where we belong. I need some metal teeth and a terrifying combination of chemicals in my digestive tract immediately!
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009
    I want five.
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009
    It's times like this I wish Michel Lotito was alive to turn the tables and eat the EATR.
    • CommentAuthorIllogic
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009
    I'm thinking a combination of this and the Big Dog would scare the hell out of me. Those things already look like they could hunt you down and kill you, and some of the videos make it looks like someone's strapped bee hives to them. Then you give them the ability to eat people...
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009
    Some chaps here in the UK have built an alarm clock that powers itself by eating flies.

    Every day we get a little closer to the Mega City of 2000AD...
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009
    Partially sentient ambulances roaming battlefields. Is anyone else strongly reminded of the Monty Python sketch about the killer taxis?

    Wait. Did I read 'steam powered'? Where are the brass inlays and fine oak finish? I've been fucking lied to by popular fiction.
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    From Wired UK magazine:

    As I write this, the EATR is under active development. The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot, funded by Darpa, is a robot designed to eat everything in front of it for fuel. Fuel that it will use to swarm around with its mates and kill humans. Even better – once the human corpses have dried out a bit, EATR could eat them too, to fuel more roaming and swarming and human-killing. Sure, the builder, RTI, states that this filthy business is for “the benefit of humanity”. But if Darpa could have found a way to fit a death ray on to the internet… well, most of you probably wouldn’t be around to read this. EATR – they called it EATR! – isn’t intended to roll around the farm and eat slugs for power like that cute little agri-bot that was on the BBC a few years back. EATR will eat logs and roadkill and shrubs and basically anything that is or was alive – and all in the pursuit of gunning down, blowing up and probably yanking the junk off humans.

    Warren Ellis

    It was bugging me last night on where i'd seen the premise before!
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009
    @3millionyears - Yup. I laughed so hard at that article, too. More at the junk-holding urinals than the EATR, but still.

    I somehow missed the steam-powered part of it, though.
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    @ Flabyo. About 2 years ago near my house they had a huge billboard advert for the cops which showed two of them looking really mean on big motorcycles glaring out of frame with the cheery slogan, "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough." I wish I had a camera at the time because it was torn down days later. I thought the same as you at that point.
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    Skynet gets ever closer