Monday, October 03, 2005

Chilean Robot Finds Billion Dollar Treasure

Arturito, a robot manufactured by Chilean company Wagner Technologies found a buried treasure that could be valued at billion of dollars. And it all happened in Robinson Crusoe Island, the very same place where a Scottish sailor was marooned in 1704 to later inspire Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.

The legend goes that a treasure was buried by Spanish soldier Juan Esteban Ubilla-Echeverria in 1715 containing 800 gold pieces, papal rings and indigenous golden statues.

Experts estimate its value in billions of dollars.

Arturito already has celebrity status in Chile thanks to other findings, including a set of illegal arms buried at infamous right-wing-colony-Dignidad. It also helped finding the corpse of Francisco Yuraszeck, a businessman missed in 2004.

Scientific publications consider Arturito’s technology well ahead of its time. It uses atomic gamma rays for scanning, which aparently is a unique feature.

If you thought this story to be a magic realism tale don’t worry, it actually promises a soap opera ending. There is a feud now between Wagner Technologies and the local authorities to define if the company can keep a share of the treasure. If the treasure is not shared, says Manuel Salinas, the engineer who invented "Arturito", its location won't be revealed.


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