Biomass EATR Robot: A closer look at a robot that will consume organic matter

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infowarrior_039:
Recently, on last Fridays Alex Jones show, Jason Bermas covered an update to a story first covered in January 2009. The website "Robot Living" carried the first article on the EATR Robot.

http://www.robotliving.com/2009/01/29/eatr-robot-hunts-for-food/

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EATR Robot Hunts For Food

    A new robot called EATR or the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot is being developed by RTI and being funded DARPA.

    The goal of this project is to create a robot for long range missions without the need for conventional refueling.  The robot will be able to get ‘food’ on it’s own.  RTI states the robot will be able to:

    Identify suitable biomass sources of energy and distinguish those sources from unsuitable materials (e.g., wood, grass, or paper from rocks, metal, or glass)
    Spatially locate and manipulate the sources of energy (e.g., cut or shred to size, grasp, lift, and ingest); and
    Convert the biomass to sufficient electrical energy to power power the EATR subsystems .

The robot will have four main systems, with the heart of the robot being  a
biomass engine provided by Cyclone Power.

    1. Robotic mobility platform
    2. Autonomous control system/sensors
    3. Robotic arms and end effectors
    4. External combustion engine

This is the first step to robot autonomy and the inevitable robot uprising.

This article tells us that DARPA (the DoD) is funding a robot that can distinguish, cut to size, and consume organic matter. So far, it seems that this new robot can only eat plant material. Lets move on to the next part of this story.

Two days later, a Renewable Energy blog comments on this story, providing some more information:


http://mattgoesgreen.com/2009/01/new-military-eatr-robot-will-find-harvest-and-ingest-biomass-to-power-itself-welcome-to-skynet/


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New military Autonomous “EATR” robot will SELECT, HARVEST and EAT biological material to power itself. Welcome to Skynet.

Companies developing biomass robot engine
By Anna Austin



Robotic Technologies Inc. has contracted with Cyclone Power
Technologies Inc. to develop a biomass engine system to power the
company’s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot—a vehicle which will
be capable of self-obtaining and ingesting biomass to produce energy to
power itself.


The project is funded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a U.S. Department of Defense research organization.

RTI President Robert Finkelstein describes the patent-pending
system as a biologically-inspired, organism-like robotic vehicle which
finds and processes biomass in a manner similar to eating. Therefore,
it will not need conventional refueling, but is capable of running on
convention fuels when needed.

The contract with Cyclone will consist of two phases. In the first
phase, within six months Cyclone will build and deliver an engine
containing a biomass combustion chamber for demonstration purposes. In
phase two, the company will build and deliver the biomass trimmer,
gatherer and feeder system to work with its engine power source.

Through the duration of the project, the EATR will be tested to
demonstrate its ability to identify suitable biomass sources of
energy—such as wood, grass or paper—and distinguish them from
unsuitable materials such as rocks, metal or glass. Its ability to
spatially locate and manipulate sources of energy—cutting, shredding to
size, grasping, lifting and ingesting—will also be tested, as well as
its ability to convert the biomass to sufficient electrical energy.

The EATR will contain an autonomous intelligent control system with
sensors allowing the vehicle to find and recognize energy sources,
manipulate the material with robotic arms which contain and gripper and
a shredder, and divert the biomass into the combustion chamber. The
robot may generate 1 kilowatt hour of electricity for every three to 12
pounds of dry vegetation, which translates to two to eight miles of
driving or more than 80 hours of standby. According to Finkelstein, 150
pounds of vegetation could provide sufficient energy for 100 miles of
driving.


The electricity produced will provide an electric current to a
battery pack, which will power the sensors, processors and controls, as
well as the robotic arm.

“Our contract with DARPA requires an initial demonstration by April
2010,” Finkelstein said. “We expect to have a prototype autonomous
intelligent EATR vehicle by April 2011. An operational system could be
available by 2012-2013.”

Finkelstein said that in addition to military missions, the EATR
may be applicable to civil applications, such as agricultural vehicles
(robotic or manned) that could use the biomass waste gleaned from the
fields as a source of energy, as well as forestry and homeland security
applications.


BRIEF PROJECT OVERVIEW EATR: ENERGETICALLY AUTONOMOUS TACTICAL ROBOT DARPA Contract W31P4Q-08-C-0292 PURPOSE

The purpose of the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) ™ project is to develop and demonstrate an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling, which would otherwise preclude the ability of the robot to perform such missions.

The system obtains its energy by foraging – engaging in biologically-inspired, organism-like, energy-harvesting behavior which is the equivalent of eating. It 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. For example, about 150 lbs of vegetation could provide sufficient energy for 100 miles of driving, depending on circumstances.

The EATR ™ system consists of four main subsystems:

(1) an autonomous intelligent control system and sensors;

(2) a manipulator system consisting of a robotic arm and end effectors;

(3) a hybrid engine system consisting of a biomass combustion chamber, a Stirling (i.e., external combustion) engine, and a multi-cell rechargeable battery; and

(4) a platform system consisting of a robotically-modified High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The initial proof-of-concept demonstration, a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will focus on the ability of the EATR to recognize biomass sources of energy from non-energy materials, properly manipulate and ingest the biomass materials into the engine system, and generate electrical power to operate the various subsystems.


This demonstration project can lead to three potential Phase III commercialization projects:

(1) the development of prototype and operational EATR™ systems for military and civil applications;

(2) new civil and military applications for the 4D/RCS autonomous intelligent control system for robotic vehicles and ubiquitous intelligence; and

(3) development of the Stirling engine system for civil and military automotive applications, whether for manned or unmanned vehicles.

BACKGROUND

Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) are being developed to perform long-range, long-endurance missions (such as DARPA’s Vulture Program to develop a UAV capable of remaining on-station uninterrupted for over five years to perform intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and communication missions over an area of interest). Likewise, there is a need for Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) to perform long-range, long-endurance missions without manual or conventional refueling (however, unlike for UAVs, solar energy alone is insufficient for most UGV energy requirements). A robotic vehicle’s inherent advantage is its ability to engage in long-endurance, tedious, and hazardous tasks, such as Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA) under difficult conditions, without fatigue or stress.

This advantage can be severely reduced by the need for the robotic platform to replenish its fuel supply. Example long-range, long-endurance missions for robotic ground vehicles include: RSTA missions in the mountains and caves of Afghanistan and Pakistan; search missions for nuclear facilities and underground bunkers in rogue nations; special operations and counter-insurgency; patrolling remote borders; homeland security; serving as nodes in distributed and remote command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) networks; and serving as remote, mobile sensor and target tracking platforms in ballistic missile defense systems. Either strategically or tactically, long-range, long-endurance UGVs can work cooperatively with – and complement – long-range, long-endurance UAVs, such as the DARPA Vulture project to develop a heavier-than-air craft that can keep a 1,000-pound payload aloft for five years.

TECHNICAL OBJECTIVES
The initial objective is to develop and demonstrate a proof-of-concept system. Demonstration of a full operational prototype is the objective for a Phase III commercialization project. The project will demonstrate the ability of the EATR™ to:

(1) identify suitable biomass sources of energy and distinguish those sources from unsuitable materials (e.g., wood, grass, or paper from rocks, metal, or glass);

(2) spatially locate and manipulate the sources of energy (e.g., cut or shred to size, grasp, lift, and ingest); and

(3) convert the biomass to sufficient electrical energy to power the EATR™ subsystems. The EATR™ system has four major subsystems: a robotic mobility platform subsystem; an autonomous, intelligent control and sensor subsystem; a robotic arm and end effectors subsystem; and a hybrid external combustion (Stirling-cycle) engine subsystem. Robotic Mobility Platform The autonomous robotic mobility platform may consist of any suitable automotive vehicle, such as a robotically-modified High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), or a purely robotic vehicle. The platform provides mobility for the mission and mission payload, and, for our proof-of-concept purposes, accommodation for the EATR™ subsystems.

The robotic mobility platform is not the focus of this project, nor is it essential for the EATR™ proof-of-concept demonstration. However, it will be included to provide a more realistic system context than a laboratory “breadboard” type demonstration of the EATR™ subsystems. The vehicle may, in fact, be either an autonomous or telerobotic HMMWV, although its movement (including cross-country path planning and obstacle avoidance) will be an optional part of the proof-of-concept demonstration.

The subsystems, for example, might be mounted on a trailer attached to the vehicle. Autonomous Intelligent Control The autonomous intelligent control subsystem will consist of the 4D/RCS (three dimensions of space, one dimension of time, Real-time Control System) architecture, with new software modules which we will create for the EATR™. The 4D/RCS has been under development by the Intelligent Systems Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, for more than three decades with an investment exceeding $125 million. The NIST 4D/RCS has been demonstrated successfully in various autonomous intelligent vehicles, and a variation of the 4D/RCS serves as the Autonomous Navigation System (ANS) mandated for all robotic vehicles in the Army’s Future Combat System (an additional investment of $250 million). NIST is providing assistance in transferring the 4D/RCS technology for the EATR™.

The control subsystem will also include the sensors needed for the demonstration (e.g., optical, ladar, infrared, and acoustic). While the NIST 4D/RCS architecture is capable of autonomous vehicle mobility, it will be used in this project to: control the movement and operation of the sensors, process sensor data to provide situational awareness such that the EATR™ is able to identify and locate suitable biomass for energy production; control the movement and operation of the robotic arm and end effector to manipulate the biomass and ingest it into the combustion chamber; and control the operation of the hybrid Stirling engine to provide suitable power for the required functions. The 4D/RCS is a framework in which sensors, sensor processing, databases, computer models, and machine controls may be linked and operated such that the system behaves as if it were intelligent.

It can provide a system with several types of intelligence (where intelligence is the ability to make an appropriate choice or decision):

(1) Reactive intelligence based on an autonomic sense-act modality which is the ability of the system to make an appropriate choice in response to an immediate environmental stimulus (i.e., a threat or opportunity). Example: the vehicle moves toward a vegetation sensed by optical image processing.
(2) Deliberative intelligence, which includes prediction and learning, which is based on world models, memory, planning, and task decomposition, and includes the ability to make appropriate choices for events that have not yet occurred but which are based on prior events. Example: the vehicle moves downhill in a dry area to search for wetter terrain which would increase the probability of finding biomass for energy. (3) Creative intelligence, which is based on learning and the ability to cognitively model and simulate and it is the ability to make appropriate choices about events which have not yet been experienced. Example: from a chance encounter with a dumpster, the vehicle learns that such entities are repositories of paper, cardboard, and other combustible materials, and develops tactics to exploit them as energy-rich sources of fuel. Robotic Arm and End Effector The robotic arm and end effector will be attached to the robotic mobility platform, either directly or affixed to a platform towed behind the HMMWV. It will have sufficient degrees-of-freedom, extend sufficiently from the platform, and have a sufficient payload to reach and lift appropriate materials in its vicinity. The end effector will consist of a multi-fingered (e.g., three-fingered or two-thumb, one-finger) hand with sufficient degrees-of-freedom to grasp and operate a cutting tool (e.g., a circular saw) to demonstrate an ability to prepare biomass for ingestion, and to grasp and manipulate biomass for ingestion. Hybrid External Combustion Engine The source of power for EATR™: new hybrid external combustion engine system from Cyclone Power Technology Inc. It is integrated with a biomass combustion chamber to provide heat energy for the engine (EATR can also carry supplemental fuel, such as propane). The engine will provide electric current for a rechargeable battery pack, which will power the sensors, processors and controls, and the robotic arm/end effector (a rechargeable battery pack ensures continuous energy output despite intermittent biomass energy intake). The hybrid external combustion engine is very quiet, reliable, efficient, and fuel-flexible compared with the internal combustion engine. The engine will not provide mobility power for vehicle for the proof-of-concept, but it will for the EATR prototype COMMERCIALIZATION Our vision is that this demonstration project will lead to three potential Phase III commercialization projects:

(1) the development of prototype and operational EATR™ systems for military and civil applications;

(2) new civil and military applications for the autonomous intelligent control system; and

(3) development of the Stirling engine system for civil and military automotive applications, whether for manned or unmanned vehicles.

EATR™ In Phase III, EATR™ will be commercialized for long-range, long-endurance military missions, but it also has civil applications as well – wherever vehicles must function in wilderness areas for extended periods of time, such as for forestry, exploration, natural resource monitoring, fire protection, and border patrol. Agriculture, for example, is a particularly promising application, where energy-intensive vehicles such as tractors and harvesters could glean their energy directly from waste biomass in the field. AUTONOMOUS INTELLIGENT CONTROL: 4D/RCS The Phase III commercialization of the 4D/RCS autonomous intelligent control system promises to be the most significant opportunity.

In addition to its potential for achieving a high level of performance – and ultimately cognition – in various kinds of robots, it will serve as the basis for ubiquitous intelligence: the ability to insert intelligence into entities and facilities of all kinds. With sensors and voice interaction, we will be able to converse with our walls without having lost our sanity. The 4D/RCS can serve as the basis as a decision tool for managing complex systems of systems, whether for the military (as for the Future Combat System (FCS) where it could provide an overarching decision framework for ground and air robotic and manned platforms, or civil applications such as for traffic control or management of large organizations. In a corporation, for example, historical and real-time data can flow into the system concerning sales, competition, investors, geopolitics, environmental conditions, etc. (instead of data from sensors for robotic control) and the processed data can flow through the world model and task decomposition modules to provide suggested courses of action to decision makers (or be allowed to act autonomously for some decisions).

Large interactive displays can show the system’s real-time interaction embodying the corporation’s classic SWOT analysis: Strengths, Opportunities, Weaknesses, and Threats. HYBRID STERLING ENGINE Unlike internal combustion engines, the Cyclone engine, which is a type of Rankine cycle steam engine, uses an external combustion chamber to heat a separate working fluid (de-ionized water) which expands to create mechanical energy by moving pistons or a turbine. Combustion is external so the engine is extremely fuel-flexible and can run on any fuel (solid, liquid, or gaseous), including: biomass, agricultural waste, coal, municipal trash, kerosene, ethanol, diesel, gasoline, heavy fuel, chicken fat, palm oil, cottonseed oil, algae oil, hydrogen, propane, etc. – individually or in combination. A 100 Hp prototype engine for vehicles has been developed.


The Cyclone engine is environmentally friendly because combustion is continuous and more easily regulated for temperature, oxidizers, and fuel amount. Lower combustion temperatures and pressures create less toxic and exotic exhaust gases. A uniquely configured combustion chamber creates a rotating flow that facilitates complete air and fuel mixing, and complete combustion, so there are virtually no emissions. Less waste heat is released (hundreds of degrees lower than internal combustion exhaust). The engine does not need: a catalytic converter, radiator, transmission, oil pump or lubricating oil (because it is water lubricated). The decreased engine size and weight provides increased efficiency and reliability.

This story elaborates on the DoD project. It outlines the goal of having working machines rolled out by 2012. (Hmmm) It also once again highlights how the machine will consume organic material. I will elaborate on the details of the EATR robot shortly, but lets continue the news trail.

On the 9th of July, "The Register". a Brittish news site reported on the EATR Robot:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/09/eatr_beta/

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Robot land-steamers to consume all life on Earth as fuel
Autonom-nom-nom-nomous technology

By Lewis Page
Posted in Science, 9th July 2009 12:06 GMT

News has emerged of a milestone reached on the road towards a potentially world-changing piece of technology. We speak, of course, of US military plans to introduce roving steam-powered robots which would fuel themselves by harvesting everything alive and cramming it into their insatiable blazing furnaces.

The scheme is officially referred to as Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR™) by those behind it. It will come as no surprise to Reg readers that the funding is from DARPA, the famous Pentagon warboffinry bureau. If you're a hammer, all the problems start to look like nails: if you're DARPA, all the solutions start to look like robots.

The idea of EATR is ostensibly that military reconnaissance droids far behind enemy lines would be able to forage for fuel. Robotic Technology Inc, lead contractor on the EATR, puts it thus:

    EATR is an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance military missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling. The patent pending robotic system can find, ingest and extract energy from biomass in the environment, as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, diesel, propane and solar) when suitable.

The machine runs on a "biomass furnace" which powers a steam generator driving a "waste heat engine" from Cyclone Power Technologies. These pieces of kit will now be mated together within 90 days, according to RTI.

The robot steamers are envisaged as being equipped with powerful articulated arms in order to rip trees or bushes out of the earth and stuff them into their glowing maws. By way of a treat, it seems that the machines will also be able to loot or forage more conventional fuel supplies from the petrol tanks of cars, domestic gas cylinders and so on. Cyclone says that their engine can also run happily on old apple cores, banana peel and other kitchen garbage gleaned from bins.

Hapless drivers or householders will be in no position to object to such robotic plundering: military reconnaissance vehicles are typically heavily armed, and doubtless the EATR will be no exception. It might also be fitted with DARPA's SELF tech, enabling it to construct copies of itself and modify its own design.

Even more disturbingly, it seems clear that the EATRs could run on various other kinds of organic matter, for instance bodies. No doubt things would start small, with roving EATRs scooping roadkill, stray cats and such into their fireboxes and reaping fresh energy from their rich, blazing dripping.

From there it would be only a small step to the inevitable harvesting of every living thing on Earth. Trees, crops, garbage, cattle, the very human race itself - all would go to feed the hungry roaring furnaces and drive the clanking, puffing, smoke-belching mechanical locusts onward until the sooty corpse-pall from their engines covered the entire Earth. An Earth which would be home in time to nothing but slowly powering-down EATRs, prowling across endless ashy plains of their own droppings.

There's a more upbeat perspective from RTI here (pdf). ®


Lets see what that attached PDF has to say

http://www.cyclonepower.com/press/07-07-09.pdf

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PRESS RELEASE
 
Cyclone Power Successfully Completes
First Stage of Robotic Technology Project  
 
POMPANO  BEACH,  FL,  July  7,  2009.  Cyclone  Power  Technologies  Inc.  (Pink  Sheets:  CYPW)
announced today that  it has completed the first stage of  its project with Robotic Technology  Inc.
(RTI), of Potomac, MD, to develop a beta biomass engine system used to power RTI’s Energetically
Autonomous  Tactical  Robot  (EATR™).  This  is  a  Phase  II  SBIR  project  sponsored  by  the  Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Defense Sciences Office.
 
In  this  first  stage  Cyclone  successfully  coupled  its  proprietary  steam  generator with  a  compact
biomass  furnace  to be used with  the  prototype  EATR,  and  produced  sufficient  steam  to power
Cyclone’s six-cylinder, 16HP Waste Heat Engine (WHE). With the completion of this stage, RTI has
paid Cyclone a  total of $50,000  in development  fees. Cyclone will now proceed  to attaching  the
WHE to this heat source and commence system performance testing with the goal of delivering a
complete beta system to RTI in the next 90 days.    
 
RTI’s EATR is an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance military
missions  without  the  need  for  manual  or  conventional  re-fueling.  The  patent  pending  robotic
system  can  find,  ingest  and  extract  energy  from  biomass  in  the  environment,  as  well  as  use
conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, diesel, propane and solar) when suitable.
 
“We are excited and encouraged by Cyclone’s progress,” stated Dr. Robert Finkelstein, President
of  RTI.  “Cyclone’s  technology  is  ideal  for  our  robotic  vehicle  to  perform  a wide  range  of  either
military  or  civilian  tasks.  The  potential  commercial  applications  are  enormous  for  biomass-
powered equipment and vehicles.”
 
CORPORATE PROFILE

Cyclone  Power  Technologies  is  the  developer  of  the  award-winning  Cyclone  Engine  –  an  eco-friendly  external
combustion  engine with  the  power  and  versatility  to  run  everything  from  portable  electric  generators  and  garden
equipment  to  cars,  trucks  and  locomotives.  Invented  by  company  founder  and  CEO  Harry  Schoell,  the  patented
Cyclone  Engine  is  a modern  day  steam engine,  ingeniously designed  to  achieve high  thermal  efficiencies  through  a
compact  heat-regenerative  process,  and  to  run  on  virtually  any  fuel  -  including  bio-diesels,  syngas  or  solar  - while
emitting fewer greenhouse gases and irritating pollutants into the air.  Currently in its late stages of development, the
Cyclone Engine was recognized by Popular Science Magazine as the Invention of the Year for 2008, and was presented
with  the  Society  of  Automotive  Engineers’  AEI  Tech  Award  in  2006  and  2008.    Additionally,  Cyclone was  recently
named Environmental Business of the Year by the Broward County Environmental Protection Department.  For more
information, visit www.cyclonepower.com.
 
Media Contact
Will Wellons
407-462-2718
will@wellonscommunications.com  
 
 
Company Contact:
Frankie Fruge
954-943-8721
Frankie@cyclonepower.com
 
Robotic  Technology  Incorporated  (RTI),  a Maryland,  U.S.A.  corporation  chartered  in  1985,  provides  systems  and
services  in  the  fields  of  intelligent  systems,  robotic  vehicles  (including  unmanned  ground,  air,  and  sea  vehicles),
robotics and automation, weapons systems, intelligent control systems, intelligent transportation systems, intelligent
manufacturing,  and  other  advanced  technology  for  government,  industry,  and  not-for-profit  clients.  Please  visit
www.robotictechnologyinc.com for more information.
 
Contact:
Dr. Robert Finkelstein
Robotic Technology Inc.
bobf@robotictechnologyinc.com
301-983-4194


That PDF explains the system in much the same manner as the other two articles.  Now lets catch up with this story. On the 17th, Jason Bermas covers this story on the Alex Jones Friday show. On Tuesday the 21st, London News company "The Gaurdian" posted this article:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/jul/20/flesh-eating-robot-vegetarian

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Flesh-eating robots turn vegetarian

It sounded like something pulled straight from a grisly scene in Terminator: an unstoppable military robot that powered itself by devouring everything in its path – including trees, grass and even, according to reports, dead bodies.

But after a string of headlines that labelled the machine a "corpse eater", the robot's creators have gone on a public relations offensive to extinguish the rumour that their invention will feed on human or animal flesh.

The machine's inventors say the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot – known as Eatr for short – does indeed power its "biomass engine" by digesting organic material, but that it is not intended to chomp its way through battlefields of fallen soldiers.

"We completely understand the public's concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission," said Harry Schoell, the chief executive of Cyclone Power Technologies, one of the companies behind the machine.

"We are focused on demonstrating that our engines can create usable, green power from plentiful, renewable plant matter. The commercial applications alone for this earth-friendly energy solution are enormous."

The publicity drive is in reaction to the buzz the project created when it emerged that it was already in the testing phase, thanks to funding from the Pentagon.

The concept was originally put forward in 2003, and has been pushed forward with money from the US military's Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), a successor to the organisation that funded early development of the internet.

US officials hope the steam-powered engine can be used by the military to create a self-sufficient robot that could survive on its own for months at a time.

The early version of Eatr runs on twigs, wood chips and other plant-based material. This is fed into an engine that burns it and uses it to create propulsion.

Another of the robot's inventors, Dr Robert Finkelstein of Robotic Technology Inc (RTI), said that Eatr had built-in systems that would help it determine whether material that it ingested was animal, vegetable or mineral.

"If it's not on the menu, it's not going to eat it," Finkelstein told Fox News.

Eatr can also use more conventional fuels, such as petrol, diesel or cooking oil, to keep going. But the group reiterated that it would be illegal to create a robot that used dead bodies for energy.


This report, however, was only the News followup to this official PDF posted on the EATR website:

http://www.robotictechnologyinc.com/index.php/EATR

pdf: http://www.robotictechnologyinc.com/images/upload/file/Cyclone%20Power%20Press%20Release%20EATR%20Rumors%20Final%2016%20July%2009.pdf

Lets see what that PDF says:

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PRESS RELEASE
 
Cyclone Power Technologies Responds to  
Rumors about “Flesh Eating” Military Robot

POMPANO BEACH, FL, July 16, 2009. In response to rumors circulating the internet on sites such
as  FoxNews.com,  FastCompany.com  and  CNET  News  about  a  “flesh  eating”  robot  project,  
Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. (Pink Sheets: CYPW) and Robotic Technology Inc. (RTI) would
like to set the record straight: This robot is strictly vegetarian.    
 
On  July  7,  Cyclone  announced  that  it  had  completed  the  first  stage  of  development  for  a  beta
biomass engine system used to power RTI’s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR™),
a Phase II SBIR project sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),
Defense  Sciences Office. RTI’s EATR  is  an  autonomous  robotic  platform  able  to  perform  long-
range, long-endurance missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling.  
 
RTI’s patent pending robotic system will be able to find, ingest and extract energy from biomass in
the environment. Despite the far-reaching reports that this includes “human bodies,” the public can
be assured that the engine Cyclone has developed to power the EATR runs on fuel no scarier than
twigs,  grass  clippings  and  wood  chips  –  small,  plant-based  items  for  which  RTI’s  robotic
technology  is designed  to  forage. 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 RTI.  
 
“We  completely  understand  the  public’s  concern  about  futuristic  robots  feeding  on  the  human
population, but that is not our mission,” stated Harry Schoell, Cyclone’s CEO. “We are focused on
demonstrating  that  our  engines  can  create  usable,  green  power  from  plentiful,  renewable  plant
matter. The commercial applications alone for this earth-friendly energy solution are enormous.”    
 
CORPORATE PROFILE

Cyclone  Power  Technologies  is  the  developer  of  the  award-winning  Cyclone  Engine  –  an  eco-friendly  external
combustion  engine  with  the  power  and  versatility  to  run  everything  from  portable  electric  generators  and  garden
equipment to cars, trucks and locomotives. Invented by company founder and CEO Harry Schoell, the patented Cyclone
Engine  is  a modern  day  steam  engine,  ingeniously  designed  to  achieve  high  thermal  efficiencies  through  a  compact
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Now, to continue on this news story, we will have to go back up to our first story, where this comment was made on the 20th of July:

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Comment by F Govers:
Monday, July 20th 2009 at 9:47 pm |

Hi! I’m one of the engineers working on EATR, and just wanted to let you know that EATR has no ability to deal with protiens – meat – at all. It can only “digest” or process plant material, and it prefers dried out leaves, twigs, and branches-in other words, dead plants. We don’t have any way to convert animal parts into energy. You can see more at my blog, http://mrrobot0.blogspot.com. We do appreciate that you found our project interesting.

Lets see what he posted on his blog

http://mrrobot0.blogspot.com/

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/19/2009
The Truth about EATR

It is always gratifying when something I'm involved in gets a wide reception around the Internet. In the case of EATR (see post, below) there has been a lot of speculation and just wild rumors about what we are trying to do with the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot. For example

Bot Junkie: Robot runs on Soylent Green
The Register: Robot to consume all life on earth as fuel
DARPA Funds Flesh Eating Robot

Which stories basically took the concept of a robot that finds its own food, and then wildly speculated on what that food might be, because in the press releases we just said "biomass" without specifying what that might include.

I'm one of the principles involved in EATR, as my company is one of the commercial investors in this project.

THE TRUTH ABOUT EATR

EATR was always conceived as identifying, selecting, and consuming vegetable matter (leaves, twigs, branches, grass) as its energy source. In particular, the easiest vegetable matter to grab from the robot's perspective, is what is already lying on the ground - dead leaves, dropped branches, etc. That material is gathered up and then ground into small bits that can be easily dropped into the burner. EATR IS A VEGETARIAN.

This employee is also putting forth the official line about EATR.


Now; Lets overview the story from a logical and reasonable point of reality:

The DoD (under DARPA) is part of the MILLITARY. They are funding a robot that can convert biomass as fuel, as explained above.
Their company that they contract to build and design the robot endorses the MILLITARY and civilian uses of the EATR robot.
Then that company says its ONLY a VEGITARIAN, its for the EARTH and it is Sooooo loving. (and sooo Liberal)

Clearly this robot can cut, grind, and consume anything that is within its capabilites. Are we to REALLY believe this robot can not be programmed to ignore a set of EAT THIS and DONT EAT THIS as software limitations for MILITARY use? Im not buying it. And yes, of course anything public and civilian will use a Firmware that has a set of eating limitiations, but we know what happens then... (3 laws of Robotics and IROBOT - which, is a real company that makes robots for your house, and for the ARMY)

so this DoD MILLITARY funded robot called the EAT-eR can consume BIOMASS as it SEES FIT and it is only going to be LOVING and FOR THE EARTH !  I am not buying your LIES DARPA! And of course the DoD can hide behind these public corpartions to build and design these robots, cause theses public corporations would never do anything evil. All you employees building these robots... DO YOU REALLY THINK THE DoD COULDNT MAKE THIS THEMSELVES IF THEY WANTED TO? DO YOU REALLY THINK THE DoD DOESNT HAVE THEIR OWN EXPERTS AND GENISUES WHO COULD MODIFY THIS ROBOT AS THEY SEE FIT IN THE FUTURE.

Well. I forsee DoD EATR robots cleaning up the bodies and remains of WWIII in 2012, at this rate.  


IF THE PUBLIC HAS ANY SENSE, THEY SHOULD FORCE THE DoD TO TESTIFY UNDER LAW THAT THEY WOULD NEVER MODIFY THIS TECHNOLOGY FOR THEIR OWN PURPOSES TO BYPASS ETHICAL LIMITATIONS.

Needless to say, I am sure the Millitary Industrial Complex has technology far beyond this project, but if they dont have a robot like this, are you as the public not going to take the Millitary Industrial Complex and the DoD to task and have them testify to never commit WAR CRIMES ?!

Becasue seriously, if this technology goes unrestrained or is put in the wrong hands, we better watch out.




infowarrior_039:
As Alex has said before, this also ties into The Matrix storyline and a Pentagon plan to have everyone in a tank by a certain date. if anyone can provide some good info on that, that would be great.

I actually found the article:

http://www.prisonplanet.com/jones_report_052303_matrix.html

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The Matrix Reloaded: Revelation of the Method

Alex Jones May 23 2003

The first "Matrix" was obviously new age in its overall presentation: that you've got to believe in yourself and then you can change the
parameters of reality from within. And it had the overall message that there is another reality, that we are in a false reality. It covered and explained denial, how some people want to remain inside the lie and don't want to know the truth, don't want to remember the truth, want to be reinserted into the fraud at the cost of their sovereignty, their liberty, their freedom, their creativity.

And it had, of course, a lot of violence in it but it was a fight against machines so it wasn't real human beings that were dying. And there were a lot of young people who were affected by the powerful and dark overtones of the film - and were obviously already unstable. Whether it was because of government programming or the general culture and (they) went out and shot people inside of the film.

And so I was ambiguous. I am certainly a Christian and didn't follow the New Age, Hindu or Buddhist line but I was still overall not sure if the film was a production of the globalists. Well, now I am sure that The Matrix I and The Matrix II: "Matrix Reloaded," are in the most pure sense Illuminati productions.

The film begins obviously with a group of trailers and there is a wide screen shot that has been squeezed down and distorted as an authority figure-type man in black sits behind a table with flickering subliminals being splashed on the screen, talking about power-aid. This is before the film begins. And he talks down to you and says you are not even going to understand what I'm saying to you - you pathetic mindless, hive-minded units. You are units that power the Matrix. Drink your power-aid. Do as you are ordered to do.

So that's how the film begins. And then it launches into the world of the Matrix - that is the real physical world of the underground base of Zion. Yes, Zion. And you have the marauding forces that surface through the wrecked cities above and transmit the minds or the souls in a type of digital, astral projection into the machine world or the Matrix. And you are told that both of these are reality because perception is reality. And the whole film is basically Illuminati characters - dark masonic overtones with a dark occult leader. And he says that we are the occult, we're the vampires, we're the werewolves, we're the demons, telling them that ... And, of course, he called them Merovingian or the Merovingian bloodline. This is what the Satanists, based in France, believe that they are descendants of Jesus and his brothers, with Satan. This is deep occult, Illuminati stuff. And he tells them how pathetic and little they are and how they are controlled by their instincts, how he manipulates those. It's kind of like the speech you see Al Pacino give in "Devil's Advocate" and how they can't control these impulses. And how they really need the Illuminati. And he, of course, stays in a French castle.

By the way, our royal leaders just met in a French castle in the very countryside they represent in the movie. Of course, the Merovingian is French. And, again, I'm just telling you about small tidbits of this. I've got to go back and take notes, which I will do. I've never seen a more powerful, overtly soul-twisting, mind-control film.

There is lesbian and homosexual scenes in the film - mass orgies, similar to what the Greeks engaged in. There also is - everyone has chip implants and chip plug-ins - and this is a good thing. They have a little speech in there where if the machines aren't bad, we can fight them with all of this. So it is making the new fashion statement. Probably one of the strongest cultural movements we've seen in modern history is "The Matrix." The video games and the cartoons now and the bunch of spin-off cartoons for the big screen and DVD. They are conditioning the children that it's normal to have plug-ins into your mind - wireheads, as they were called decades ago. It's fashionable to have in-plant points all over your body.

Also, it gets into the Satanic view of 'Do as thou wilt.' You have people within the Matrix, different programs, fighting with each other for control and domination but at the end of it, you are face-to-face with the architect. And again, this is the masonic, 33 degree and above view that they are shaping our world and even if the Matrix is defeated, it still wins because it replicates itself. It is in time and space. It can go back in time and restart itself.

And the architect is old man Sigmund Freud, Obe Won Kenobe- archtype who sits there and tells Neo that they have allowed people to leave the Matrix. That they discovered that suppressing an exodus from the Matrix actually causes a shutdown and a degradation of the 99% that remain inside their exoluthal (sp) tanks as human batteries for the power grid. And, again, you find out that basically the computers are disembodied spirits or angels or devils and have all the same carnal desires as humans but with an added viciousness, like Greek Gods.

It is an Illuminati film through and through. They tell you we are the Illuminati, we are throwing this in your face. They look right at you on the screen and say we are taking over. There is no way to defeat us. We are going to dominate you. We are going to bring you into the evermind - the hive mind.

And it's not just Wired Magazine and Silicon Weekly and many other publications, including Salon Today, that are warning you of the takeover. Last year a new Army War College report, in 2000, came out and said within 25 years we will all be in a hive mind, that the Pentagon will oversee the insertion of the public into a control grid. That we will all be mounted in our homes, wired into a global government mind-control computer. It actually said this. The Sunday Morning Herald got the federal document. We called the head(garbled). The head scientist, a woman, said how did you learn of this, and freaked out and hung the phone up. These idiots, of course, release this stuff and don't even know what they are up to - or perhaps that was an act, we're not sure.

Three years ago in 2000, the Army War College said the army's main job will be, through peer pressure, convincing the public to take brain chips by 2024, the same year number in the new report last year. They are preparing you for your journey into the real matrix.

Now if you are shocked by this, I've been warning you long before "The Matrix" came out that this was their plan. The elite, of course, will not be implanted. And most of you are going to be killed after they release mass plagues. This is if they get you herded into the larger cities. And yesterday, I read from Wired News, out of the newest DARPA document where they say everything you do will be tracked and traced and you will be plugged into that system. I'm sure you saw all the newscasts in same exact words, in the same order, showing implantation of members of the public. I have promotionals where the family that took the chips is called "wonderous, genius, cool", "everybody wants it." "Everybody is going to get it." As the Pentagon says, they are going to use hype to drive and push this.

This is real. Truth is stranger than fiction. And to have the Illuminati shout at me for two hours was very, very painful. I was nauseated during the first 30 minutes of the film. I will have to, of course, when it's on DVD get a copy and try to free frame it. There was a continual flickering through the screen which they admit is for hypnosis. There are subliminals in the film both overtly in the tapestry in the buildings, in the background in what the people say. And, also just like with the "The Exorcist," which they now admit was written by the former deputy director of the CIA, they put flash frames, a primitive form of subliminal, in that film, which is now admitted - blood and guts and then Satan. There were other subliminals here. I'm not sure exactly what the covert sublimanals were but they were definitely there in the front of the film at higher levels and then saturated in emotional scenes when your conscious mind is diverted. In the primitive combat function, mammalian activity structure. So this is what we are facing.

I recommend that you do not see the film. I know with the reverse psychology, you will probably see it. Curiosity killed the cat. I felt like walking out of the film. It was the most gripping experience of overt mind control I have ever experienced. You can see what the new science of film is going to be.

So this is a warning to everyone. Definitely do not let your children see it. It is a preparation to go into the literal matrix being built by the Pentagon. In fact, just in case you are doubting me, let me re-read from Wired News yesterday, "A Spy Machine of DARPA's Dreams." This is not a spy machine. This is a cashless society control grid. Once you are buying and selling on the system, they will then launch attacks that are one-thousand times larger than 9/11, at least. You will then be herded into cities, tracked and traced with cameras in your homes. Your children, who have already been conditioned, the Washington Post admitted, to body modification and piercing, to condition them to accept implantation. The films that are flooding out are conditioning them as well. The children's shows in Canada, like Spy TV, and the movies here, like Spy Kids, are all part of this preparation. It will be made a status symbol to be implanted and this is what the Pentagon says.

So this is a tracking matrix grid that's being built by Sun Microsystems and Oracle and others. Oracle, got to go see the oracle. Yes, the Delphi technique.

"A Spy Machine of DARPA's Dreams - http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,58909,00.html:  "It's a memory aid! A robotic assistant! An epidemic detector! An all-seeing, ultra-intrusive spying program!"

"The Pentagon is about to embark on a stunningly ambitious research project"

Okay, DARPA had microphones in Austin by the hundreds, five years ago. They announced it after it was already in place.

"The Pentagon is about to embark on a stunningly ambitious research project designed to gather every conceivable bit of information about a person's life, index" it and "and make it searchable"

"What national security experts and civil libertarians want to know is, why would the Defense Department want to do such a thing?"

"The embryonic LifeLog program would dump everything an individual does into a giant database: every e-mail sent or received, every picture taken, every Web page surfed, every phone call made, every TV show watched, every magazine read."

"All of this -- and more -- would combine with information gleaned from a variety of sources: a GPS transmitter to keep tabs on where that person went, audio-visual sensors to capture what he or she sees or says, and biomedical monitors to keep track of the individual's health."

"This gigantic amalgamation of personal information could then be used to "trace the 'threads' of an individual's life," to see exactly how a relationship or events developed, according to a briefing from the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, LifeLog's sponsor."

That's total information awareness now changed to LifeLog. And they meant to call it LifeLog all along, my friends. They already have these systems set up. Bill Clinton gave speeches about homeland security in 1993. I've seen policy papers from twenty years ago calling it homeland security. Lifelog is a life log of everything you've done in your life, a recording of it and a digital psychological algorithm to be set up to tailor advertising the brainwashing systems.

It's very serious. This is the end of the species if Satan wins. We must resist. But just be informed that "The Matrix" is a military industrial complex production in every way and as you go deeper down the rabbit hole, each trip until you are in a brain-scrambled position, not even able to resist the New World Order. Of course, the Tavistock Institute and other mind-control facilities have published studies and we have talked about them on air, where if you terrorize a mammal for a certain period, it will become docile and accepting. And they tell you in the film and explain the matrix to you and the New World Order and the Illuminati, so you can be more accepting of it. That you need that choice. That it is something they've got to do due to the rules of God's programming that they are converting and manipulating with their counterfeits.

The oldest form of mind control is superstition. The witch doctor knew when the solar or lunar eclipse was coming and he was generally part of a hereditary guild, or kind of your first masonic lodge. And he didn't know why there was an eclipse but he knew when it was coming. And it happened so infrequently that people would forget about it. And he would use that knowledge to shock and amaze members of the tribe - and then get special favors: the best hut, the best women, the best food. And then later, you've got strong men over larger tribes that settled in agrarian societies, that is farming societies. The kings would learn how to have top witch doctors to manipulate and control the public. And
that's what you have happening.

The globalists know that you are waking up to the fact that there is a New World Order. So they are playing up the psychics and the new age and all these other religions - the establishment Christians, as well. All putting out their propaganda. All putting out their false doctrines. And when you see a society in decline, the empires always use superstition and gladiatorial diversions to divert and distract them. And that is exactly what I saw in "The Matrix." And overall, the globalists in your face submitting its revelation of the method, Illuminati terms, homosexual orgies, and much, much more. This is a corrupting film. And if you tell your kids they can't go because they are too young or the
movie is too cool for them, you ought to explain to them that it is something that can degradate them and to suck them into fad system and to control them. It is, my friends, overtly a mind control film. I can authoritatively say that to you here today. And that's all I'm going to say about it.

You see we can defeat the New World Order on the basis of the information, on the basis of hard facts with God's help and direction. If they get us off into la-la land and get us off into delusional stuff, we are never going anywhere, my friends.

infowarrior_039:
This is baisically the article Alex mentioned yesterday that he said was pulled from the internet, allthough I think the one Alex was reading was from Fox News, however its essentially the same article:

On the 9th of July, "The Register". a Brittish news site reported on the EATR Robot:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/09/eatr_beta/

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Robot land-steamers to consume all life on Earth as fuel
Autonom-nom-nom-nomous technology

By Lewis Page
Posted in Science, 9th July 2009 12:06 GMT

News has emerged of a milestone reached on the road towards a potentially world-changing piece of technology. We speak, of course, of US military plans to introduce roving steam-powered robots which would fuel themselves by harvesting everything alive and cramming it into their insatiable blazing furnaces.

The scheme is officially referred to as Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR™) by those behind it. It will come as no surprise to Reg readers that the funding is from DARPA, the famous Pentagon warboffinry bureau. If you're a hammer, all the problems start to look like nails: if you're DARPA, all the solutions start to look like robots.

The idea of EATR is ostensibly that military reconnaissance droids far behind enemy lines would be able to forage for fuel. Robotic Technology Inc, lead contractor on the EATR, puts it thus:

    EATR is an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance military missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling. The patent pending robotic system can find, ingest and extract energy from biomass in the environment, as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, diesel, propane and solar) when suitable.

The machine runs on a "biomass furnace" which powers a steam generator driving a "waste heat engine" from Cyclone Power Technologies. These pieces of kit will now be mated together within 90 days, according to RTI.

The robot steamers are envisaged as being equipped with powerful articulated arms in order to rip trees or bushes out of the earth and stuff them into their glowing maws. By way of a treat, it seems that the machines will also be able to loot or forage more conventional fuel supplies from the petrol tanks of cars, domestic gas cylinders and so on. Cyclone says that their engine can also run happily on old apple cores, banana peel and other kitchen garbage gleaned from bins.

Hapless drivers or householders will be in no position to object to such robotic plundering: military reconnaissance vehicles are typically heavily armed, and doubtless the EATR will be no exception. It might also be fitted with DARPA's SELF tech, enabling it to construct copies of itself and modify its own design.

Even more disturbingly, it seems clear that the EATRs could run on various other kinds of organic matter, for instance bodies. No doubt things would start small, with roving EATRs scooping roadkill, stray cats and such into their fireboxes and reaping fresh energy from their rich, blazing dripping.

From there it would be only a small step to the inevitable harvesting of every living thing on Earth. Trees, crops, garbage, cattle, the very human race itself - all would go to feed the hungry roaring furnaces and drive the clanking, puffing, smoke-belching mechanical locusts onward until the sooty corpse-pall from their engines covered the entire Earth. An Earth which would be home in time to nothing but slowly powering-down EATRs, prowling across endless ashy plains of their own droppings.

There's a more upbeat perspective from RTI here (pdf). ®

The question is, what would stop this robot from eating flesh? The only thing that would prevent this is the firmware that the robot uses. It is is physically capable of consuming ANYTHING. It cuts it up, and puts in its internal furnace engine. Do they think were stupid to tell us this machine cant handle protien? The furncace biomass converter will convert ANY matter that it can cut up.

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