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This Week’s Sign of the Apocalypse: Robots Won’t Eat You, Company Clarifies

Posted By Valerie Woolard On Jul 19, 2009 @ 11:12 pm In The Specials | Comments Disabled

robotAfter discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

A Florida-based technology company [1] put forth a press release on Friday in which they felt the need to clarify that a forthcoming robot will not, in fact, feed on human flesh [2].

Now, the disturbing part here is not that the robot will in fact, be vegetarian, but the speculation or assumption that it might have been otherwise. Haven’t we watched enough sci-fi movies to learn that any innovation involving flesh-eating robots will not end well for us, havers-of-flesh?

The robot was originally billed as being able to extract biomass from the environment. Apparently, the company was not initially terribly clear as to what this “biomass” might constitute, which led to some speculation that this might include human corpses [3].

However, you’ll all be pleased to know that the robot in question will be “strictly vegetarian,” feeding on “twigs, grass clippings and wood chips” as a form of alternative energy.

So no carnivorous robots—yet…

Image Source: Javier Piragauta [4] under Creative Commons
Cyclone Power Technologies [Cyclone [1]]
Company Denies its Robots Feed on the Dead [Wired [2]]
Dawn of the corpse-eating robots? [CNET [3]]

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[1] Florida-based technology company: http://www.cyclonepower.com/index.html

[2] feed on human flesh: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/07/company-denies-its-robots-feed-on-the-dead/

[3] led to some speculation that this might include human corpses: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10287597-71.html

[4] Javier Piragauta: http://www.flickr.com/photos/javierpiragauta/

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