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Nov. 26 - Military Horror: Proposed Military Robot Would Literally Feed off Dead Battlefield Bodies to Power Itself‏

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Military Horror: Proposed Military Robot Would Literally Feed off Dead Battlefield Bodies to Power Itself

Thursday, November 26, 2009 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Controversy erupted when reports emerged that the Pentagon was close to completing a robot designed to forage for its own fuel by consuming "biomass in the environment," raising concerns that the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) might be intended to fuel itself from the bodies of the dead.

The EATR was designed by Robotic Technology Inc. (RTI), in cooperation with Cyclone Power Technologies Inc.

According to RTI, 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 vagueness of the term "biomass" led many commentators to ask whether the Pentagon was actually developing a cannibal killer robot. Responding to such allegations, RTI insisted that the robot will be programmed to consume only vegetable matter.

"Despite the far-reaching reports that ["biomass"] 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."

RTI president Bob Finkelstein was vague as to how the robots

"There are certain signatures from different kinds of materials," he said.

Even if the robot does not feed on humans, its use may still constitute a war crime.

"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," wrote Lewis Page in The Register.

"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," he wrote. "Hapless drivers or householders will be in no position to object to such robotic plundering."

Sources for this story include: www.foxnews.com;www.theregister.co.uk. would be programmed to avoid human or animal flesh.

Roomba maker iRobot also developing military robots for Pentagon




(NaturalNews) While civilian consumers can get a taste of the Jetsons' lifestyle with iRobot's Roomba vacuuming, floor washing and floor sweeping robots, the military is also taking advantage of the company's technology, but not to clean the barracks.

The iRobot line of military robots includes scout robots that can reconnoiter unknown territory or inaccessible areas; an explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) robot able to disarm bombs without risking human lives; and an unmanned all-purpose ATV. The robots have been used in recent conflicts in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and the response from military personnel has been positive. The testimonials displayed on the iRobot site display a general consensus that iRobot products save lives.

"When a robot dies you don't have to write a letter to its mother," a Navy chief is quoted as saying after a iRobot PackBot EOD model was destroyed in the field.

The ethics statement at the iRobot site states, "We are committed to making the world a better place by building robots that are used by people everyday. Our home robots clean your house and our mobile tactical robots help protect our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan." But critics are still wary of giving robots to Uncle Sam.

"At what point will these military robots start being equipped with automatic weapons, grenades or high explosives?" said Mike Adams, a technology ethicist. "At that point, the U.S. military becomes a human/machine hybrid killing system, where armed, automated robots might be unleashed upon some civilian population in order to maximize enemy casualties while minimizing American casualties.

"Consumers who buy Roomba robots should realize they are financially supporting a company that is deeply engaged in military operations," he said.

On Nov. 16, iRobot received $1.6 million in funding from the U.S. government's Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) in order to develop, field test and train in the use of the iRobot Warrior. The Warrior is already used in combat situations as an EOD robot, and it can also be used to transport ammunition and supplies to troops, even in the middle of a firefight, or extract injured troops from the battlefield. However, a press release on the iRobot web site also states that the Warrior "has the potential to be a co-combatant" alongside soldiers. Joe Dyer, President of iRobot Government & Industrial Robots said in the email that, in response to customer requests, the company was also considering arming the iRobot PackBot with a shotgun.

However, Dyer said that armed iRobot products are not going to be allowed to make their own life-or-death decisions any time soon.

"If a weapons payload is attached, it is important to ensure extreme safety and that there is a human making all critical decisions," he said in an email interview. "IRobot robots have safety systems to ensure correct usage and it always puts a human in the decision-making process.

"Robots give soldiers the ability to understand what they're getting into, before they put themselves in harm's way," Dyer said. "Future robots will carry military equipment as payloads including weapons, thermal imagers, cameras, mine detectors, chemical and biological agent detectors."

Yet, the concept of an autonomous robot armed with lethal weaponry is far from paranoia, as at least one has already gone into production. Samsung recently unveiled its Intelligent Surveillance and Guard Robot, a stationary sentry robot armed with a 5.5-millimeter K3 machine gun and an optical system, intended for deployment along the heavily fortified South Korean border. The robot is able to track human targets up to 2.5 miles away and can be programmed to respond to a spoken password. If the password is incorrect, the robot can sound an alarm or shoot at its target.

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Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:




Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.

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