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Chilean 'R2-D2' engineer disappointed with 'greed' of government and locals
Marcelo Mackinnon (pelarco)     Print Article 
Published 2005-09-30 17:32 (KST)   

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Manuel Salinas, the Chilean engineer who invented "Arturito" (named after "R2-D2" from "Star Wars"), is very downhearted. After graduating from Cologne University in Germany, he spent 12 years looking for financing to build his robot.

However, it was only a local company, "Wagner Technologies," that believed in him and helped make his dream come true. "Arturito" was an instant success after discovering the remains of a murdered man 5 meters underground and also an illegal arms cache.

European scientists have claimed that "Arturito" is 40 years ahead of its time since it works by scanning using atomic gamma rays.

"It scans horizontally and if the signals match the data stored in its computer, it will let us know immediately. Until now I have built six models," added Salinas.

"People are so greedy, I am a Christian and I think this [buried treasure] is a blessing for Chile. But now I think it is a curse. If the government does not allow us to start digging, well, let them find it. They have called us liars, let us dig, then you will see who is lying. According to the robot there are nearly 800 tons of gold there," said Salinas.

"I am so disappointed by our greed, we have not found a single coin and we are already arguing about who is going to keep the treasure," said Salinas.
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