Russia has been trying to teach a robot to shoot guns out of both hands. This has led to concerns that perhaps the country is developing a combat machine of sorts which may be used as a weapon when the need arises. Russia’s deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin says that’s not the case. “We are not creating a Terminator,” he added.
The robot is called Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research and it’s actually going to be sent on a solo space mission in 2021. It’s being taught to shoot guns out of both hands to improve its motor skills and decision-making abilities, at least that’s what the creators of this robot say.
Developed by Android Technics and the Advanced Research Fund, FEDOR has already been taught a wide variety of skills which include the likes of screwing in light bulbs, using keys and tools as well as driving an actual car.
“Robot platform F.E.D.O.R. showed shooting skills with two hands,” wrote Russia’s deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin on Twitter, but also pointed out that “We are not creating a Terminator, but artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various fields.”
Even though this robot was originally created for rescue work, engineers have pointed out that it could be used for military purposes as well but that’s an impression that Russia doesn’t seem to want for the robot at least at this point in time.