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. “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.” Mr Rogozin was reported to have shot himself in the foot back in 2015, shortly after tweeting support for America's National Rifle Association, though a spokesperson from his office said he hurt himself while playing handball.