Robot would feed on dead bodies for fuel. UPDATE: Maybe not.

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  1. iGuardian macrumors 6502a

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    Attention: The first and original article has been revised by Fox News. Skip to the second "Quote" to read the updated article.

    UPDATE:

    The revised article, along with related links, can be read on Fox News. The original article is still here, for entertainment purposes.
     
  2. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

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    Now, once it becomes aware of itself, we'll need to put it down.

    That stuff is seriously creepy. Terminator style.
     
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  4. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

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    It'll be eating bullets in the face if it tries to eat me. :p
     
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    The question is how it would determine if a body was dead, or just sleeping.

    Imagine dozing off, only to wake up with your lower half being digested by a robot.
     
  6. iGuardian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hadn't even thought of that. Thats pretty damn scary.
     
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    You know how this ends. Please don't build a Cylon and then expect it not to nuke our planet. :D
     
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    "His final request was that his body be offered to the Overlord as fuel for his eternal human enslavement."
     
  10. Boneoh macrumors 6502

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    That is a really, really bad idea.

    Saw something similar on nanotechnology last night. The nano-bots are self-replicating, and designed to eat carbon to clean up oil spills. A bug in the software allows a mutation, and they start eating everything with carbon in it, animals, vegetation, etc. It spreads like a cancer until we all die. Scientists are actually debating this scenario.

    The problem is that it is not possible to forsee all possible results of our pitiful human work. We humans are not nearly as clever as we think we are.

    IMO if these things come to pass, we are doomed.
     
  11. MarkCollette macrumors 68000

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    Not if we build robots that live off of eating other robots...
     
  12. DrunkenMunky macrumors member

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    Sounds like the plot of a very low budget film.


    I'd still watch it tho.
     
  13. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

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    Why is the government wasting money on this type of project?

    Stupid idea. :rolleyes:
     
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    This strikes me as a rather poor idea. We don't need to go giving robots ideas above their station, telling them we're food is bound to end in tears.
     
  16. P-Worm macrumors 68020

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    A robot that can go on for days and days recharging itself is a bad idea? As a robotics engineer, I will be fascinated if they get this working.

    P-Worm
     
  17. redking31591 macrumors 6502

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    Soylent Green is people!!! RUN!!!!! I think someone has been watching too many 70's thrillers.
     
  18. LynnW macrumors member

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    In an update to the story linked in the first post, the president of Robotic Technology Inc. says that the robot is a vegetarian. It runs on twigs, grass clippings, etc. It does not consume animals or humans.
     
  19. iGuardian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! I've updated the original post and title to reflect the changes.
     
  20. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, vegetarian robot? Interesting. I'm willing to be that it still has the capabilities and potential to break down other organic materials besides vegetation.

    I'm watching you, robots. We'll be ready when the robot revolution comes around...
     

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