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The Attack of the Man-Eating Robots!

Reported by Alex - July 18, 2009 -

According to a FoxNews.com report on July 14th,

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.

Kill’em, then eat ‘em up. Yum, yum. So efficient. So cost-effective. So completely a product of some Fox editor’s sick mind.

When I ran across this tasty nugget of information at Hot Air I just had to have more, so I clicked through to the original article at FoxNews.com only to find a little notice reads, “The story that originally appeared at this address has been revised. Click here to read the revised story.” So I did, and guess what?

“A steam-powered, biomass-eating military robot being designed for the Pentagon is a vegetarian, its maker says… Contrary to reports, including one that appeared on FoxNews.com, the EATR will not eat animal or human remains.”

Heh, Heh. “Contrary to reports, including one that appeared on FOXNews.com.” I like that. Note the passive voice telling us that the story appeared on FixedNews.com just like it did on so many other sites. However, that ought to read, “Contrary to reports, that were started by FOXNews.com” - because that is indeed where the macabre rumor started, according to Cliff Kuang at fastcompany.com. According to Kuang, Fox took down the original article after the company that invented the robot issued a press release that said, in part,

“EATR runs on fuel no scarier than twigs, grass clippings and wood chips ... Desecration of the dead is a war crime under Article 15 of the Geneva Conventions, and is certainly not something sanctioned by DARPA, Cyclone, or Robot Technology…We completely understand the public's concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission. “
Curses, foiled again! Why report the truth when you can just make sh** up !? Stay classy, Fox News!

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