There’s an update to this story:
contrary to reports, including one that appeared on FOXNews.com, the EATR will not eat animal or human remains.
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.
“There are certain signatures from different kinds of materials” that would distinguish vegetative biomass from other material.”