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(Chron)   Robot eats slugs, then fuels itself off their rotting bodies   ( divider line
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4020 clicks; posted to Main » on 16 Dec 2001 at 12:39 PM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2001-12-16 12:41:53 PM  
Kinda cool, kinda scary, kinda gross
2001-12-16 12:43:37 PM  
Sounds like some people here at Fark
2001-12-16 12:44:37 PM  
God help us all...
2001-12-16 12:50:03 PM  
Kind of a repeat. We already heard about the slugbot from Dave Barry last week.
2001-12-16 12:51:10 PM  
Wait untill PETA hears of this...
2001-12-16 12:53:04 PM  
Cant wait untill the human version comes out.
2001-12-16 01:04:30 PM  
Gardeners of the world will rejoice if this is an affordable 'it' for the garden.
2001-12-16 01:08:26 PM  
i haven't stopped laughing at the headline long enough to read the article yet.

that's farking funny.
2001-12-16 01:09:02 PM  

Mmmmmmm...slug sludge...

2001-12-16 01:10:51 PM  
First step, slug domination, next step.. THE WORLD!! My god people, what sort of mechanical pandora's box are we going to unleash upon this world?!?

Won't somebody please think of the children!!

(this tirade was brought to you by People for the Ethical Treatment of Gross Slimey Garden Pests)

2001-12-16 01:12:08 PM  
yet another example of our fall from Eden.seeins a slug as an "enemy" -could they also BENEFIT those gardens too?
one more example of the fact that OUR culture (not humanity as a whole) is obsessed with control. totalitarian agriculture. We are the only creature on earth that actively destroys our competitors and their livelyhoods.
reading this, you may think I'm nuts, but it's the complete basis for civilisation, and is in complete opposition to all natural systems, which are based on symbiotic relationships. and, it's completely arrogant as well.
(and yes, i DO have a sense of humor!)this is just one very small example of an overall mindset that has created a culture that is expanding & consuming the world with no regard for anything but itself. a mindset that believes that ALL resources and food should ultimately be for OUR consumption. Completely Arrogant and very very shortsighted.
go to the Daniel Quinn
website if you are at all interested in this line of reasoning
2001-12-16 01:13:21 PM  
usually when the world is overrun by psychotic killer robots in movies, they just find a way to shut off their power source, and everything's all hunky-dorey... kinda hard to do that when the psychotic killer robots use any organic life they can find as energy.
2001-12-16 01:18:22 PM  
I can't argue with you, intuitive cat. You're too much of a nut. Nuts can't be argued with, for they will say unarguable nutty things.
2001-12-16 01:18:58 PM  
FRKBOY: exactly, didn't any of these scientists see The Matrix???
2001-12-16 01:20:58 PM  
reading this, you may think I'm nuts,....

Uhhh, yep
2001-12-16 01:21:55 PM  
Coming to a theater near you Robogardner.
Brought to you by the writer of Robocop & the director of Gardens of Stone.
Starring Jaba the Hut as the evil garden dweller.
2001-12-16 01:24:48 PM  
Yet ANOTHER repeat of a story done a couple days ago.
2001-12-16 01:26:22 PM  
One small point, intuitive cat. Beings in nature constantly kill off competitors. i.e. It is very common for a dominant male to kill off all offspring of other males in a communal group (lion pride, monkey troop, etc.).
Certain plants secrete substances through their roots that kill off all other plants in a wide radius.
Certain ants will similarly kill off all seedlings around a chosen host plant. Yeah, it's symbiotic for the one plant that is assisted, but deadly for others.
Nature isn't a wonderful example of live and let live. It's a completely amoral, yet beautiful creation.
2001-12-16 01:32:29 PM  
i had a friend once, he took some acid
now he thinks he's a fire engine
its okay 'til he pisses on your lighter
kinda smells, kinda cool, kinda funny anyway

totally irrelevant? of course.
2001-12-16 01:46:53 PM  
I'll be back.
Damn Dirty Slugs!!
2001-12-16 01:56:27 PM  
"The two-foot-high machine uses an image censor that beams out red light to pinpoint the slugs, which emit a different infra-red wavelength from worms and snails. "

Ha! Stupid farking texans don't know the difference between a sensor and a censor. Hire an editor, you wankers.
2001-12-16 01:56:57 PM  
Hopefully this finally opens the door for production of a car that runs on cats.
2001-12-16 02:09:27 PM  
intuitive cat: I don't think it's a matter of seeing the slug as an enemy... it's a matter of seeing the slug as food.

2001-12-16 02:19:40 PM  
Wahtever works. How about a car that runs on hot air and bullshiat? We'll be saved!!!
2001-12-16 02:19:45 PM  
First slugs, then small animals, then humans!!!

This is the first step towards the Matrix!
2001-12-16 02:20:51 PM  
fully autonamous robot


orgganic matter to electral energy chemical synthesis


eventual use of extremely fast and powerful computers in said slugbut , just to see what happens, leading to first true a.i.


eventual eradication of slugs leading to need for new power source


plot to new matrix makes sense.. here we are marvelling at our own accomplishments in the fields of a.i. but then the slugs go byebye and we tell the robots ok ur jobs done, no more food for you.. so they kill us so they can continue to live....
2001-12-16 02:21:18 PM  
Aieee! Kill-Bots!
2001-12-16 02:23:44 PM  
Intuitive Cat

You say that like it's a bad thing. Yea we kill, maim, destroy to get our way. We are completely natural, we came out of the same nature everybody else did. It's the same farking game.

It's not bad, it's amazing how human beings are able to get their way with seemingly thin skin, short claws and useless teeth. It's fantastic that we are exterminating other species to our own benefit. GOOD FOR US!

You're probably one of those people who likes taxes too. I say flat tax, and no not flat percent, flat number, like $500 a year. Because otherwise, all I can say is WTF? Just because somebody's rich, does the police come faster to their house? Do they get better roads built around their houses by the government? What have they done to deserve paying a higher number amount tax than some idiot with an IQ of 80 who can only hold a job glueing boxes together.

[/end rant]
2001-12-16 02:26:18 PM  
when does the mosquito versin come out??
2001-12-16 02:28:00 PM  
Does it poop? I mean it's gotta poop or something, right?
2001-12-16 02:32:34 PM  
Intuitive Cat.

Lighten up. I had a hedgehog who ate only grubs, does that mean grubs are bad? No. Things eat other things. I just so happens that the thing doing the eating is a robot, and the thing it eats are slugs.

Get a grip.
2001-12-16 02:36:36 PM  
This thing could cause havok in a nudist colony.
"Run for your lives, it's the SlugBot!!!"
2001-12-16 02:37:41 PM  

You want to use the angled braces ( ), not square brackets ( [ ] ) because the joke is an HTML joke, and you use angled braces in HTML.

Also, [/end rant] is especially meaningless, because the "/" means "end" in HTML. Therefore the proper usage is .

And the proper thing to do with your rant is to shove it in a dark place where it won't see the light again. Ever.
2001-12-16 02:42:32 PM  
You want to use the angled braces ( ), not square brackets ( [ ] ) because the joke is an HTML joke, and you use angled braces in HTML.

I think you mean < and >, and not the parentheses.

Also, [/end rant] is especially meaningless, because the "/" means "end" in HTML.

1) He could be using some alternative markup language where square braces are the norm. Bizarro HTML!

2) He could be ending the "end rant" tag, which means that he's done finishing the rant, and has only just begun.
2001-12-16 02:57:54 PM  
Gear Jammer: Robocrop.
2001-12-16 02:59:46 PM  
Shogo yahagi -
It's Texans, not texans!
2001-12-16 03:03:58 PM  
You know, pneumonia does wonders for your markup skills.
And why do you want to shove my rant into a dark place?

If it's so bad, wouldn't the people read it and dismiss it.
Maybe because your uberconservative or bleeding heart liberal background is making you censor something that actually makes a teensy bit of sense...

or maybe it's the cough syrup.
2001-12-16 03:04:19 PM  
fark you!

{/end rant] Wait, sorry mcfuzzbusta i mean .
2001-12-16 03:10:37 PM  
BOrg9: Robocrop. That's a whole other movie brought to you by the makers of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

Starring "Carrot Top" as the evil emporer of the compost heap.
2001-12-16 03:13:45 PM  
*golf clap ensues for* Andonbray
2001-12-16 03:19:09 PM  
According to Andonbray's bio it would be Tejans.
2001-12-16 03:25:31 PM  
It'd be cool to have something similar that takes out the ants in my dorm.

I present... AntBot :)
2001-12-16 03:25:59 PM  
2001-12-16 03:44:01 PM  
Gear Jammer -
It would be Tejanos.
Or, would it be Ejanostay?
2001-12-16 03:52:46 PM  
I know it's been said before, but MATRIX!!!!!!

If you want to use the , uncheck the 'HTML Enabled' box.

Stop saying that the robot needs slugs for food because it is only eating slugs for fuel to eat more slugs. But there are plenty of slugs in the world, so its almost okay.

The language I'm most profficient with (Logo) commonly uses [].
2001-12-16 03:53:29 PM  
No Hablo Espanol.

Just kidding around Andon.

I think it would actually be Tejanos.

You lost me with Ejanostay.
2001-12-16 04:00:27 PM  
Gear Jammer -
It's a Latin language.
2001-12-16 04:13:13 PM  
mmmmmm Latino boobies.
2001-12-16 04:39:24 PM  
Slugs are people too!
well maybe not.
But they are kinda like insurance men
2001-12-16 04:54:13 PM  
Shogo Yahagi: If you weren't in such a rush to insult Texans (Tejanos, Ejanostays, etc.), you may have noticed the top of the article stated that it was taken from Reuters News Service. So there is a large probability a Texan didn't even write the article. Therefore, I think it's safe to assume the only wanker is you.
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