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August 31, 2010

Dispatches from the Robot Apocalypse IV

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikeshotgun @ 2:50 pm

I had no idea at the time, but it appears that the BP Oil Spill was just a premise to advance the cause of the Machines, by enlisting them in the clean-up effort:

The robots move on the water’s surface autonomously, and the cells generate enough energy to keep the bots moving for a few weeks. The conveyor belt constantly rotates and gathers pollutants, gathering the oil in the head of the robot and putting the cleaned belt back into rotation.

The robots work together to cover a large area of the water and communicate with one another and with land-bound researchers.

Autonomous robots that can eat oil working together. What could go wrong?

(h/t Tom Scocca)

Cross-posted at Something Quotable


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