If you think that Boston Dynamics’ ATLAS is one of the world’s most advanced piece of machinery, then you are in for a treat. Recently, Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s deputy Prime Minister, has unveiled the country’s human-like robot called Final Experimental Object Research or FEDOR, for short.
Is FEDOR the Beginning of AI’s Dominion?
Inspired by Skynet’s Terminator, FEDOR is an accomplishment in terms of robotics and engineering. Not only can it outperform his rivals in the field, but FEDOR can learn to perform tasks otherwise inaccessible to humanoid robots.
In a video documentary, Russia’s FEDOR can be seen taking down targets while wielding two guns at once, walking around the research compound, doing pushups, and even driving a real-life vehicle.
So, is this really the beginning of Skynet and of killer robots that will wipe out humanity? Not likely, according to Rogozin’s statements. Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister declared that although robot looks a bit menacing and it can, indeed, shoot like there’s no tomorrow, the purpose of this exercise is to develop a fully dependable artificial intelligence, which can help scientists in all fields of study.
In fact, Rogozin said that, with enough training, the humanoid robot would be more than ready to pilot Federatsiya, Russia’s next-generation spaceship, which is bound for the International Space Station in 2021. However, before obtaining its first commission, FEDOR must prove that it is fully capable of interacting with the environment and, of course, working with a human crew.
Watch The Amazing Robot Completing Menial Tasks
The video documentary starring FEDOR and the research team who created it is more than enough to give us a clear picture of what to expect from the future in terms of artificial intelligence development. Shooting targets with two guns at once better than a proficient sniper might seem a bit disconcerting and threatening but, according to the team, it’s a great way to see how it prioritizes and makes a decision based on field conditions.
But the video also reveals that the robot performing other tasks as well. For instance, to test out the robot’s balance, the team orders FEDOR to perform a couple of pushups, a task which it handles without any issues. Walking around and managing to stay on its feet are easy-to-accomplish tasks for FEDOR, as well as interacting with some objects such as drilling machines, valves, and, yes, steering wheels.
After acing his computerized driver simulation, the team made FEDOR pilot a real-life car around the research compound. The robot not only had a marvelous performance, but it exhibited the same skills as a professional driver.
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