Quote of the day, corpse-eating robot pushback edition.

“We completely understand the public’s concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission,”
– Harry Schoell, CEO of Cyclone Power Technologies

(Via Wired, via Genrewonk)

For those just catching up now, Cyclone Power Technologies is one of the companies working on the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR™), which uses ‘biomass’ for fuel* (it’s also steam-powered, which is an important consideration right there). I’m not sure whether this qualifies as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ publicity: calling your biomass-eating robot ‘EATR’ suggests that you’re prepared to milk whatever you can get for the full effect. And what’s with this ‘green’ nonsense? I mean, come on: EATR burns things for their steam. By definition something like that has a ‘carbon footprint,’ to use the theological term.

Moe Lane

*Which means that it doesn’t do this:

Which is actually a pity.

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