Russia’s space humanoid is not a Terminator-like killing machine, insists deputy PM
It looked like a scene straight out from the film ‘Terminator’ where a space robot was shown shooting guns from both of its hands and that too with accuracy!!!
Apparently, Russia’s space-bound humanoid robot FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) that is being developed for space exploration is being trained to shoot twin pistols, according to a video posted by the country’s deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin on Twitter.
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He wrote on Twitter: “Robot platform F.E.D.O.R. showed shooting skills with two hands”.
According to its creators, the activity will teach the FEDOR android’s to shoot which in turn help improve their motor skills and decision-making abilities.
The video attracted concerns from artificial intelligence critics over the potential danger it poses for the world. Calming the fears around it and providing assurance, the Deputy PM said that “We are not creating a Terminator, but artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various fields.”
He said it will have a “huge applied value for different spheres of life”.
He added: “Combat robotics is a key to building intellectual machines.
“This is applicable to areas including aviation and space.”
The Russian government plans to get FEDOR working on the International Space Station (ISS) by 2021, and could be the only passenger on board Russia’s Federation spacecraft when it does so.
It is being developed by Android Technics and the Advanced Research Fund, and has been taught a wide range of advanced skills such as how to use keys and a variety of tools, screw in light bulbs, lift weights, drop for press ups and even drive a car.
Currently, Russian scientists are working on methods to enhance its mobility, and also design software that allows the robot to make more of its own decisions.
Originally, the robot was created for rescue work. However, as its abilities have expanded, military uses have also been suggested for the robots.
While the experts have already warned that artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to the end of humanity, only time will tell whether it will be effective enough to replace how humans create and program technology, and understand the way humans do and comprehend.