When it comes to having an ultimate killer robot, the movie Terminator would most likely be the first to come to everyone's mind. And while the terminator, as it is called, was sent from the future to kill John Connor, the leader of the resistance, today's people are recreating it for different reasons mainly for a space mission.
FEDOR or Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research (today's terminator) is created by, of course, Russians. This humanoid robot is expected to travel to the International Space Station in 2021, and could be the only passenger on the Russia’s Federation spacecraft.
Developed by Android Technics and the Advanced Research Fund, FEDOR has been taught a wide range of advanced skills including push ups, running, welding, drilling, and using a fire extinguisher- it can even drive a car!
But perhaps one of the most perplexing things about this robot that caused people to dub it terminator is that it can shoot two guns with its hands! And while FEDOR was at first created for rescue purposes, engineers suggested that it can also be used by the military. (Oh God.)
"Robot FEDOR showed the ability to shoot from both hands. Fine motor skills and decision-making algorithms are still being improved," said Russia's deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in his twitter account. This is followed by another tweet to somehow reassure us. "Shooting exercises is a method of teaching the robot to set priorities and make instant decisions. We are creating AI, not Terminator."
Well, as much as they have insisted it, we can't deny the haunting and uncanny resemblance. Space, right, but I am already seeing its T-800 potential. Be the judge!