Saturday, July 11, 2009

'The Matrix' Fulfilled: EATR Military Robots to Use Biomatter as Fuel

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a research and development organization for the Department of Defense, aims to "maintain the technological superiority of the U.S military." It seeks to accomplish this goal by developing robots, lasers, spacecraft, and other awesome futuristic weapons of annihilation. It also apparently has no desire to heed the warnings of the 'Matrix' or 'Terminator' movies.

According to The Register, the group's latest design, the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR), is a pilot-less, steam-powered drone. Designed for long-range missions, it refuels itself by devouring any fossil fuels or biological matter in its path. While DARPA mentions using refuse such as apple cores for fuel, it's difficult to imagine these things not being used to harvest people as an energy source.

So, what happens when the EATRs completely decimate the Earth's natural resources (if they don't completely wipe out the human race first)? Well, it should only take a few slight adjustments to make sure the remnants of those scooped-up humans can be turned into tasty and nutritious green cracker treats. It's just too bad Charlton Heston isn't around to tell everyone "I told you so."

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