Russia’s space-bound humanoid robot FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) is being trained to shoot guns from both of its hands.
The activity will help improve the android’s motor skills and decision-making, according to its creators, who have also tried to address concerns that they’re developing a real-life Terminator.
But Russia’s deputy PM Dimitry Rogozin insisted the humanoid is not designed to “terminate” enemies, when behind-the-scenes footage revealed its frightening capabilities.
He wrote on Twitter: “Robot platform F.E.D.O.R. showed shooting skills with two hands.“We are not creating a Terminator, but artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various fields.”
One of the developers of the project, the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects, announced a competition to create a software design for individual control for FEDOR. The contest will start on May 1 and run till February 28, 2018.