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Robot Eats Flies to Generate Power

CowboyNeal posted more than 10 years ago | from the carnivorous-automotons dept.

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ms47 writes "Interesting little story over at MSNBC today about 'robots that can be sent into dangerous or inhospitable areas to carry our remote industrial or military monitoring of, say, temperature or toxic gas concentrations.' The neat part is it's powered by 'catching flies and digesting them in special fuel cells.'"

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Misread the title as (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195714)

"Robot Eats Files to Generate Power" and thought that's not such a great idea.

BENEDICT ARNOLDS OF THE OPEN SOURCE MOVEMENT (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195746)

  • Marc Andreessen made 100s of millions of dollars shortly after graduating from UIUC. Today's graduates of the same university face moving back in with their parents. "Fuck that, I got mine!" [nytimes.com]
  • Brian Behlendorf decided he'd rather go to India [salon.com] to recruit software engineers than help out the graduating classes of 2001-2004 here in the US.
  • Robert Malda stood idly by and said NOTHING while his company offshored its flagship product [vasoftware.com] .

Miguel de Icaza, Bruce Perens, Eric Raymond, and Linus Torvalds all got rich off the Open Source Movement. What do you have to look forward to?

Re:BENEDICT ARNOLDS OF THE OPEN SOURCE MOVEMENT (0, Offtopic)

name773 (696972) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195947)

What do you have to look forward to?
some excellent programming :)

HERSCHEL SCHNITZEL OF THE CLOSED HARDWARE ASSOCIAC (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195958)

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* Brian Behlendorf decided he'd rather go to India to recruit software engineers than help out the graduating classes of 2001-2004 here in the US.
* Robert Malda stood idly by and said NOTHING while his company offshored its flagship product.

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Re:Misread the title as (5, Funny)

Gentlewhisper (759800) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195767)

OMG! In the future when our world population is exploding would this headline change to "Robot Eats humans to Generate Power"?

Or even how about "Robot Eats fat humans to Generate Power"?

Damned, /. should tie up with some gym to get discount prices for its viewers!!!

seems like... (1)

zogger (617870) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195838)

...in warfare they might do this. Maybe some of their vehicles would/could run on wasted people and parts, which you can accumulate in piles in said war.

Re:Misread the title as (1)

Tongo (644233) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195987)

hehe, Soilent Green for Robots?

SOILENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!

Re: Misread the title as (4, Funny)

shigelojoe (590080) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195796)

So now your *robotic* dog can eat your homework too!

Robot Eats, Flies to Generate Power (4, Funny)

FuzzyBad-Mofo (184327) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195961)

There was a little robot who swallowed a fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll fry.

There was a little robot who swallowed a spider
That wiggled and jiggled and tickled insider her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll fry.

There was a little robot who swallowed a bird.
How absurd! To swallow a bird!
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and jiggled and tickled insider her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll fry.

There was a little robot who swallowed a cat.
Imagine that! She swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and jiggled and tickled insider her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll fry.

There was a little robot who swallowed a cat.
Imagine that! She swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and jiggled and tickled insider her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll fry.

There was a little robot who swallowed a dog.
What a hog! She swallowed a dog.
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and jiggled and tickled insider her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll fry.

There was a little robot who swallowed a goat.
She opened her throat and in walked a goat.
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog.
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and jiggled and tickled insider her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll fry.

There was a little robot who swallowed a cow.
I don't know how she swallowed that cow.
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat.
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog.
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll fry.

There was a little robot, she swallowed a horse.
She fried, of course.

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StinkBot 5000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195715)

From TFA:
monitoring of [...] toxic gas concentrations

I'd say the "toxic gas" sensor may be overwhelmed by the robot's own stench of shit, which is used to attract the flies. With that said, I, for one, welcome our robotic fly-eating overlords...

Attractive? (4, Funny)

romper (47937) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195718)

"...it will have to use sewage or excrement to attract the flies and is bound to smell appalling."

Something tells me it'll fit right in here. =)

A Poll? (4, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195917)

"...it will have to use sewage or excrement to attract the flies and is bound to smell appalling."

Something tells me it'll fit right in here. =)

Fly Topping?

WD40

3-in-1

Marvel Mystery Oil

STP Oil Treatment

Liquid Wrench

10w30

Ehylene Glycol

Missing option: I eat my flies straight up, you insensitive clod!

great use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195721)

Robo-kermit!

Re:great use (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195800)

running on robo linux [linux-isos.cx.la]

They're called, "Flowers" (5, Funny)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195722)

"One of the great things about flies is that you can get them to come to you," he said. Hence the downside of the fully autonomous robot: it will have to use sewage or excrement to attract the flies and is bound to smell appalling.

Hello, McFly! I think our photosynthetic brethren figured out the solution to this problem a few gazillion years ago. The answer is flowers!

It sounds like these researchers are already taking this behemoth [sfasu.edu] as their example. Great: I, for one, welcome our new Giant Corpse Flower overlords. But why not jump forward a few million years? A rose by any other name, you know.

On the other hand, nobody cares if the robot eats house flies. Butterflies might be another thing altogether. Won't someone please think of the Butterflies?

Re:They're called, "Flowers" (2, Funny)

Tezkah (771144) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195779)

Or, use an even better solution and use solar power, since then you dont have to spend hours trying to capture food, all you have to do is sit there!

Another win for plant-kind!

Re:They're called, "Frogs" (4, Funny)

turnstyle (588788) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195793)

I say the robot should catch the flies, and then use them to lure frogs. Imagine the power.

Re:They're called, "Flowers" (3, Informative)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195795)

The answer is flowers!

Indeed. That may, in fact, be the very inspiration for this device, as flowers that attract flies and digest them smell like. . .shit and rotting meat.

Go figure.

KFG

Re:They're called, "Flowers" (0)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195929)

> "One of the great things about flies is that you can get them to come to you," he said. Hence the downside of the fully autonomous robot: it will have to use sewage or excrement to attract the flies and is bound to smell appalling.
>
> Hello, McFly!

...you look like you are Scottish, crunchy and taste good with a proton exchange membrane?

Overheard in a remote jungle... (5, Funny)

TWX (665546) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195725)


"Heeeeelllp Meeeeee! Heeeeeellllp Meeee!"

Re:Overheard in a remote jungle... (1)

Gentlewhisper (759800) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195829)

"Heeeeelllp Meeeeee! Heeeeeellllp Meeee!"

*GULP*

Re:Overheard in a remote jungle... (1)

pilgrim23 (716938) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195997)

proc options (main);
/* caps not used due to slashdot bottage */
put list (" whaz wrong with PL/1?");
end;

Flies (3, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195726)

The neat part is it's powered by 'catching flies and digesting them in special fuel cells.'"

Yep, sounds like like elementary school..

Re:Flies (1)

MC_Cancer_Pants (728724) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195789)

In other news: Florida man creates baby-powered fuel cell.

Would that turn into human eating machine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195730)

To power itself and also to replicate.

Nice holywood/things go wrong movie.

Re:Would that turn into human eating machine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195824)

Yes, it is powered by giving it the green tablets ;)

It's name (5, Funny)

Aadain2001 (684036) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195731)

Are they going to call it Kermit the Bot?

If they are going into toxic environments (5, Funny)

10000000000000000000 (809085) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195732)

they need to watch out for the flies that eat robots!

Re:If they are going into toxic environments (1)

iMaple (769378) | more than 10 years ago | (#10196013)

Thats what happens in Soviet Russia. Ofcourse we could have a Beuwolf cluster of such robots ...

men in hats wins again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195739)

Flies/trees/whatever. men in hats wins! http://meninhats.com/comics/20040818.gif [meninhats.com] http://men inhats.com/comics/20040818.gif

Now what do I do? (5, Funny)

joeldixon66 (808412) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195743)

So a robot's been created that eats flies while covered in fecal matter, to monitor toxic gas concentrations?

Just another example of how technology is being used to take job opportunities away from me.

Wait... (5, Funny)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195744)

is a robot that kills and uses living things really all that good of an idea? Sure, flies are annoying and can really ruin a picnic, but someting about arbitrarily deciding that they are not worthy of life somehow seems wrong.

OK, I lied. I think this is great! Animal rights zealots an fuck off.

LK

it has to be... (1, Redundant)

wertarbyte (811674) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195747)

I, for one, welcome our new robotic, fly eating overlords.

Space Flight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195750)

So, if they develop one of these to explore space, would it be a venus flytrap?

The Marvin quote (1, Funny)

iMaple (769378) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195753)

How depressed would Marvin be if they modified him and all he would have to do was open doors and eat flies.

Mmmm, beefy. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195759)

Wait until it figures out what a delicacy human beings are, and how much more power it'll generate.

A future full of man-eating Zombie Robots? I can dig it. *grabs boomstick*

It's not possible. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195760)

What I want to know is: Can they digest... humans?!

Stargate SG1 (1)

AsbestosRush (111196) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195766)

there was an episode where one of these would have come in really handy.

The Matrix (3, Interesting)

SWroclawski (95770) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195769)

In the movie they said we were batteries, but now I know it was just another example of factory farming.

Re:The Matrix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10196004)

At least that wouldn't have violated the laws of thermodynamics.

No need to smell like shit... (5, Interesting)

Pinkoir (666130) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195770)

Why not try attracting mosquitos or something. I can't spend 5 minutes outside without 50 or so lunging for my sweet succulent veins. Just get the robot to be warmer than the environment and smell like a sweaty human. Only slightly less offensive than shit I admit but an improvement none-the-less.

-Pinkoir

Re:No need to smell like shit... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195809)

Mosquitos are attracted by CO2 which this thing probably puts out. Still, flies are much juicer than mosquitos, unless the mosquito got to you first.

Re:No need to smell like shit... (4, Informative)

kiddygrinder (605598) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195845)

Actually, i believe mosquitos are attracted to carbon dioxide.

Toxic areas? (1)

Jaza (178039) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195773)

The robots can perform "military monitoring of, say, temperature or toxic gas concentrations". But if there's toxic gas around, there would be no flies, cause they'd all be dead!

Maybe it can just inhale the toxic air, and get high on that, and that will keep it going for long enough - until it returns to an area with a higher concentration of flies per capita.

Hm (5, Funny)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195774)

If the firmware is open-sourced, someone could make a version which preys on SCO executives...

Re:Hm (5, Funny)

tool462 (677306) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195894)

Just have the robot's tongue look like a check for $699 made out to "cash" and they'll walk right in :)

Re:Hm (4, Funny)

penguinoid (724646) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195978)

If the firmware is open-sourced, someone could make a version which preys on SCO executives...

If the firmware is open-sourced, it will already attract SCO executives.

I can see the headlines already, "SCO sues robotic fly-eating overlords"

Or FUD (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195994)

If the firmware is open-sourced, someone could make a version which preys on SCO executives...

Or FUD

"The giant robot is approaching the Redmond, Washington, leaving a path of destruction. Fighter aircraft have fired missiles at the FUD-Bot, but it seems to grown in strength the closer it gets to this community. Meanwhile in other news, Microsoft is pointing to another independent study bashing TCO, reliability, security and suport for Linux and Open Source..."

Flies (1, Funny)

Ghostgate (800445) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195775)

it's powered by 'catching flies and digesting them in special fuel cells.'"

Just don't tell PETA.

PETI not PETA (1)

AHumbleOpinion (546848) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195911)

PETI not PETA, insects not animals

Re:PETI not PETA (1)

Ghostgate (800445) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195973)

But... insects ARE animals! But just ask PETA. They make a fuss over silkworms used in the silk industries, claiming silk production causes the insects a painful death. The original comment was meant as a joke, but to be honest, they'll probably make a fuss over this too.

Re:PETI not PETA (1)

mothz (788133) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195998)

Insects are animals, just as broccoli is a vegetable. Although I wouldn't put it past PETA to have a separate branch each for Ethical Treatment of {Mammals|Fish|Insects|Reptiles|etc.}

An Ecoligical Disaster (5, Funny)

krygny (473134) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195782)

If the delicate balance of the world's fly population is upset, dog shit production in my back yard will be out of control.

Re:An Ecoligical Disaster (1)

yojimbo311 (610298) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195977)

Seriously, flys have got to be near the bottom of the food chain. By introducing an unkillable fly gobbling monster into any hazardous, and therefore delicate, ecosystem the consequences could be dire! Flyswatter manufactures may become bankrupt, we lose that satisfying ZAP sound during the summer, cats will have to start playing with yarn again. It's too bad this thing isn't going after mosquitos...

Where will it end? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195787)

First the robots ate the flies and I did not complain because I don't like flies. Then the robots ate the dolphins, and I didn't complain because I'm not a crybaby treehugger. Then the robots ate me and I'm trapped in a bad trilogy of movies.

Is this at all useful (3, Interesting)

iMaple (769378) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195788)

Juast wondering if this is just some knifd of publicity stunt. I mean can flies really provide sufficient power for a robot to function properly (move around). I mean would'nt it need to be super effecient.Instead why not make a special recharging which periodically goes out into the hazardous env to charge the robots.
Of course the original is a really cool toy if you need an automated fly swatter.

great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195798)

now can we please have a model that eats wives?

Gastrobots (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195802)

Robots that have biotic stomachs are sometimes called 'Gastrobots'. There is a paper from MIT [mit.edu] on the subject. Another paper from some guy at USF [usf.edu] has this choice quote:

Few robotics engineers would disagree that robot development has often been inspired by biological examples (Beer et al., 1997)

This is not a unique insight but it is funny if you misread it as "biological examples, e.g. Beer".

Lets just use the consuming part of the robot (1)

mrmaster (535266) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195814)

I would like to see the part that actually does the consuming put out in all the mosquito infested areas. Free power!

Re:Lets just use the consuming part of the robot (1)

Martix (722774) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195979)

Thats not a bad idea i can surf the web.
post on /. by the fire on my wi fi lap top and get rid of the mosquitos ect at the same time.

It can't just be me (4, Funny)

JayBlalock (635935) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195819)

SURELY these scientists have seen enough movies to realize that making a farking CARNIVOROUS robot is a bad, bad, BAD idea.

Not to mention, making it "release and forget?" Yay! Invincible autonomous robot predators! WHEEEE!

To quoth Jeff Goldblum: This is the worst idea in a long, sad history of bad ideas.

Hmmmm (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195822)

We have a robot that can fail because there aren't enough bugs in the system?

Animal Rights (1)

neon-fx (777448) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195826)

Just wait till the animal rights activists get their hands on this news. Im sure at some point in the not to distant future Im going to be stopped walking down the road by someone wanting me to sign up to a "flys not fuel" campaign.

Too many potential jokes... (1)

chill (34294) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195828)

Almost overwhelming!

The first thing that popped into mind was "but can it catch the flies using a pair of chopsticks?"

Followed by "that would have to be one hell of a lot of flies!"

Then "what happens when it starts moving up the food chain and realized humans provide more enery and are easier to catch?"

Exactly how much tequila to you have to drink to come up with ideas like this?

"Hey! I got it! A fly eating, shit smelling robot! And I've even got an angle to sell it to the military! Barkeep? Another round!"

Re:Too many potential jokes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195859)

Too bad none of them are remotely funny.

where's that fuel cell (1)

ElectricRook (264648) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195830)

If the fuel cell can turn flies into electricty, why not just feed the fuel cell refined sugar? 2.2kg is ~ US$1.50. How much energy is that compared to maybe catching bugs?

I smell BS.

Re:where's that fuel cell (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195953)

Not autonomous is the problem- you're solving the wrong problem. The problem isn't HOW DO WE GENERATE ELECTRICITY, it's HOW DO WE GET THE FUEL TO THE ROBOT WHEN WE NO LONGER KNOW OR CARE WHERE THE ROBOT IS.

My question is just how much sugar is in the skeleton of a insect that only has an exoskeleton to begin with....

Re:where's that fuel cell (1)

iroll (717924) | more than 10 years ago | (#10196000)

I suppose the response to this is "we save having to carry as much stored fuel onboard, and it can refuel itself in the field indefinitely."

Re:where's that fuel cell (1)

tmbg37 (694325) | more than 10 years ago | (#10196006)

That would be fine, but I think the point of this is being able to refuel on its own. What good is sugar for fuel when the bot is 10 miles away in a jungle or something?

Let us not forget phase I: (2, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195832)

See Intelligent Autonomous Systems Laboratory [uwe.ac.uk] for more information.

Slugbot, Ecobot... oddly enough I don't see a link to Ecobot II on there.

Re:Let us not forget phase I: (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10196009)

Here you go: link [uwe.ac.uk] . Even has a photo.

Would be nice to power cars. (2, Funny)

DocSnyder (10755) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195840)

My car is already catching a lot of flies, especially during night trips. Attaching a "fly generator" to the front would save much fuel.

Ron Popeil ripoff (1)

donutz (195717) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195856)

"Called EcoBot II, the robot is part of a drive to make "release and forget" robots

Soon to be sued by RonCo [ronco.com] for infringing on their "set it and forget it" trademark.

One at home (1)

dgagley (468178) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195861)

I need one at my house. It can clean the house protect the family and can use the leftovers and that I would compost to regenerate itself. COOL.

"Hey where did the cat go....oops I forgot to feed Robbie the Robot."

Great (1)

CrazyMalaysian (797700) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195862)

Next thing you know, the whole terminator reality will come true, and they'll be eating humans for power!

Re:Great (1)

rubberbando (784342) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195891)

No, that was the Matrix that used humans for power. Not the Terminator. :)

Killing Robots (4, Insightful)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195866)

Today it's flies. Tomorrow, wasps. Then, as robots grow more power hungry, WASPs. And soon, it will be your turn. Robots will grow us like plants, as seen in the Matrix!

But seriously, I don't like this. Just because some animals are too weak to defend themselves, doesn't give us the right to kill them. Nor does it give us the right to build a robot that kills them. It's not like that robot couldn't be powered by other means.

Re:Killing Robots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195945)

Get out of here you tree hugging hippie!

What's next???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195868)

First they eat flies, next they will eat old people's medicine and eventually just feed on senior citizens. Better get your robot insurance asap!! http://www.robotcombat.com/video_oldglory_hi.html/ [robotcombat.com]

I'm waiting for the RonCo ads now (1)

ElForesto (763160) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195895)

I can see it already. "Plug in this miracle of a bug-zapper outside your home and it will generate power while it clears away those annoying pests!" Seriously, though, that would be a kinda cool gadget to have around. Maybe they could also branch out into ant and roach traps. Pest control AND micropower in one convenient device.

Geeze. I can't figure out if I'm being silly or serious now.

uberfrog (4, Funny)

ktulus cry (607800) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195901)

This is no big deal at all. Like none of us have ever strapped a model rocket engine and a disposable camera to a frog before. Well... maybe that was just me...

Park it... (1)

triffidsting (594096) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195907)

... on a dairy farm - the entire place could be powered by a single generator.

Flies have been used before (5, Interesting)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195908)

Where I'm from, on the shores of Lough Neagh [wikipedia.org] , there are a gazzilion flies out in the air every night. They look like columns of smoke, so thick is the sky with them. Well a long time ago, an enterprising farmer laid very fine fishing nets down on the fields by the Lough shore. The flies that died and landed on them were all gathered up and used as fertiliser. His fields that year yeilded 50% more hay than normal. So there you go.

great scott marty ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10195910)



Marty: "Are you telling me this sucker is nuclear?"

Doc: "No keep rolling, this sucker is electrical but I need the reaction to generate the 1.21 jigawatts I need"

So lemme get this straight.... (1)

DreadPir8Lafitte (811846) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195915)

We now have robots that basically 'eat' organic material, and convert it into energy on which to operate?

So how long will it be before someone decides to make one that eats bigger animals, like humans, maybe?

Or maybe we could just make robots with AI that can decide to do that for themselves.

Oh, wait...

Hmmmm (5, Funny)

TheMeuge (645043) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195923)

A machine that can digest flies, then use the sugars in their bodies to generate energy! How ingenious. Oh, wait - it's called a FROG.

I need one of these. (1)

TheOtherAgentM (700696) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195932)

I could power my whole house by putting one of these in my bathroom and opening the window to let flies into the house.

Egad! (1)

changa (197280) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195935)

Does this mean in the future we will have robots that will digest humans???

And you thought the movie Hardware was bad!

Bender? (3, Funny)

canadacow (715256) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195936)

So how long will it be before we have robots that run on beer?

Next robot... (1)

Forbman (794277) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195939)

...will digest small children who venture forth too far from their parents.

"Come heeeere, leetle girl! Do you want some candy?" ...but wasn't that kind of the plot line of Pinocchio?

Fly swatters (1)

penguinoid (724646) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195940)

I want one of these new-fangled fly swatters!

I wonder if it could eat other bugs.... (3, Insightful)

rubberbando (784342) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195949)

If they made one that ate mosquitos, they'd make a fortune cashing in on the annual West Nile Disease scare. :)

I'm so worried! (1)

Deorus (811828) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195960)

What about frogs?

matrix (1)

hikerhat (678157) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195962)

Hah. And you all scoffed at using humans for power in the Matrix. If a fly can power a robot certainly humans can power computers. In fact, I'm going to prove it. Just need to find something with a smell that attracts humans... Ah, beer should do it.

what flies (1)

dindi (78034) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195974)

hmm I wonder what kind of fly can survive gas/heat/radiation ....

sure some do (eg scorpions take radiation well)
but still made me think for a sec

So? (1)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 10 years ago | (#10195996)

What's so special about this? I do it all the time.

finally... (1)

spirit_fingers (777604) | more than 10 years ago | (#10196001)

Mr. Fusion has arrived!

Now for the headlines... (1)

eamonman (567383) | more than 10 years ago | (#10196007)

Bug eating robots invented. All Windows machines are now in danger.

Crap.. (1)

PeaceTank (758859) | more than 10 years ago | (#10196008)

This is cool, but if there ever is a robot revolution this gives them the technology to develop giant human digesting robots. It'd be like the matrix but not. I'd personally rather be in a tube and think I'm alive than be digeted for power. That's just me though.

*cue matrix argument
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