FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research), Russia’s space-bound humanoid robot, is being trained to shoot guns from both of its hands.
The creators of FEDOR said that this activity will help improve the android’s motor skills and decision-making.They have also cleared up the confusion that they’re not developing a real-life Terminator.
“Robot platform F.E.D.O.R. showed shooting skills with two hands,” wrote Russia’s deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin, on Twitter.
“We are not creating a Terminator, but artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various fields.”
Mr Rogozin also posted a short clip showing of FEDOR in action, firing a pair of guns at a target board, alongside the message, “Russian fighting robots – guys with iron nature.”
FEDOR is expected to travel to space in 2021, and could be the only passenger on board Russia’s Federation spacecraft when it does so.
Android Technics and the Advanced Research Fund are developing FEDOR and they have taught him a wide range of advanced skills.