EATR can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment and other organically-based energy sources, as well as using conventional and alternative fuels, from gas to cooking oil, when suitable. The biomass wouldn't necessarily be limited to plant material, since animal and human corpses contain plenty of energy.I can already imagine the horror movie, with a Michael Crichton-type plot, where we build these robots and they go all Westworld on us, and now it's Soylent Green time again, except humans are now the food for the robots! They're killing us for the purpose of eating us, just so they can survive -- and then they build Skynet and and take over the world and no humans are left because we're all robot food!!!
Dr. Bob Finkelstein, president of RTI and a cybernetics expert, said the EATR would be programmed to recognize specific fuel sources and avoid others. "If it’s not on the menu, it’s not going to eat it," Finkelstein said.Sure. That's what all the mad scientists say, right before the robots re-program themselves, destroy everyone in the lab, and execute their android takeover.