That name right there, is purest WIN. :-)
"The idea of EATR is ostensibly that military reconnaissance droids far behind enemy lines would be able to forage for fuel."
And by happy coincidence would also plunder the resources of the enemy as they did so. Burn and pillage, yeah! Not exactly stealthy though.
"Steam is not sexy enough. So yesterday."
I'm sure those people responsible for developing and refining nuclear powered subs and aircraft carriers would disagree... :-)
"Might be to train plant and roadkill eating bots, and release them along highways. Never again will you have to see a weed or untrimmed lawn or dead skunk."
Awesome, where can I preorder one of these? Should take care of trimming my lawn, solve my mole/rabbit/neighbor's dog problems in a stroke, *and* double as a handy home defense system should some miscreant wander onto my property.