When I hear the words “Pentagon” and “corpse eating robots” together in the same sentence, the first thing I do is check my medication.
And then I realize I don’t TAKE medication, and further realize that I’m watching Fox News, so that explains everything.
Anyway, as it turns out, they’re kind of right for once–the Pentagon is actively engaged in developing a kind of “scavenger robot” that can power itself by obtaining biomass from the environment. Biomass, in case you’re not familiar, can be stuff like field gleanings, grass clippings, rotten fruit, other garbage…and yes, it can also be human corpses.
The Pentagon’s contractor in this little vision–and if you said “Cyberdyne”, NO, but it’s still funny-Robotic Technology Inc., had this to say about its Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot–or EATR–robot:
“…an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling.”
Well, I’m officially creeped out. How about you?