Break out the two-ply, Ecobot III poops

Imagine our surprise when this article on Ecobot III and the disgusting video above showed up in our feed. The robot can theoretically be self-sustaining forever, so long as it has a food source. Yes, you read correctly, food.

Typical robots relying on grub burn the biomass to produce heat/steam/energy, but Ecobot III actually digests using Microbial Fuel Cells and extracts energy in the form of hydrogen.

The process isn’t very efficient (yet), and of course waste must be excreted, but we’re inching closer and closer to the day our robot overlords are invincible. The project has come to a halt (we can’t imagine why), but you can still read up on the process, and meet Ecobot’s brothers: II and I.

Related: We’re all going to die, Carnivorous robots.

Comments

  1. killerabbit says:

    Nuke it from space. Now.

  2. therian says:

    overclock it, so it shit fountains all over the place

  3. wingding says:

    What a shitty video, in a good way!

  4. gkphotog says:

    How long before we see the 2 Bots 1 Cup video?

  5. bad thought says:

    humm 2 robots one cup anyone?

  6. barry99705 says:

    Okay, show of hands. Who clicked on the video just to see a robot poop?

  7. Arthur says:

    Not quite sure why this is offensive, I mean, Its just another chemical process… Just like fire.

  8. PacoBell says:

    I think I remember some art exhibit an the SF MoMA of a giant deconstructed digestive system that attempted to mimic the human gut. It too produced real fecal matter. I’ve gotta find a link to that article one of these days…

  9. PacoBell says:
  10. Punkguyta says:

    “Okay, show of hands. Who clicked on the video just to see a robot poop?”

    Me!

  11. Supersparky says:

    What a crappy robot… Let’s call it “sh*tty sh*tty plop plop!”

  12. d_mcintire says:

    “Okay, show of hands. Who clicked on the video just to see a robot poop?”

    Myself as well.

  13. dnny says:

    this is lame compared to Cloaca.
    That machine really poops

    http://www.wimdelvoye.be/cloacafactory.php#

  14. Halexander says:

    The Cloaca machine does not produce energy in the process of producing poop. Thus, it is fake poop, since all the valuable items are still in the poop. And yes, I too predict seeing something like a Cloaca&Ecobot/1cup… since it does make sense. Unless machines develop a sense of taste as well… then we’d see machines puking at the video just like their human peers.

  15. andres says:

    they’re going to have to rewrite the books. “everyone poops” to “everything poops”

  16. Hirudinea says:

    You know there is still a lot of energy left in real shit, I mean detritovores (sp) and bacteria love to eat it, so why don’t we just feed the robot our shit to keep it powered, 1 girl, 1 bot, free energy!

  17. osgeld says:

    “Okay, show of hands. Who clicked on the video just to see a robot poop?”

    add me!

  18. PacoBell says:

    @Halexander “The Cloaca machine does not produce energy in the process of producing poop. Thus, it is fake poop, since all the valuable items are still in the poop.”

    It may not STORE energy, but it sure consumes it. There are real live bacteria in this machine as well that eat biomass and belch out methane and other gasses.

    http://www.lacan.com/frameXIX7.htm

  19. Fuckin rich says:

    I agree. Pull off and nuke it from orbit.

  20. otacon2k says:

    And these shall become our robot overlords? Nah.
    I hate the thought of not only having to dodge dog poo, but robot poo as well. Hopefully they will use toilets by programming.

  21. userjjb says:

    @andres “they’re going to have to rewrite the books. “everyone poops” to “everything poops””

    Mildly relevant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuqyZC2haBI

  22. David Findlay says:

    Why do people continue to develop technology towards what will eventually destroy us? We’re seriously working to develop Cylons, and it seems some are working deliberately in that direction!

  23. Rob says:

    *raises hand*,… :)

  24. PacoBell says:

    @David Findlay How do you know the Cylons aren’t already here and this is their first steps toward making skinjobs o_O?

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