As global tensions rise — particularly between the United States and Russia — every move that could even be perceived as a military one is receiving increased scrutiny.
And everyone appears to be ready to play...
North Korea ran several missile tests — which failed — and threatened the possibility of nuclear tests in the near future. They blamed President Trump for the escalation in competitive displays.
On April 13, Russia jumped into the mix when a few tweets from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin began raising eyebrows:
His caption, translated, reads:
Robot platform F.E.D.O.R. showed shooting skills with two hands. Work on fine motor skills and decision-making algorithms.
Another tweet, translated, reads:
Combat Robotics is key to making intelligent machines. It concerns including aviation and space. Training in shooting...
... way of teaching machines to allocate priorities and instantly, and make decisions. We do not create a terminator, and artificial intelligence.
The final tweet in the series includes additional images:
And translated, reads:
... that will be of great practical significance in various spheres.
The robot's name is FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research), and was designed for space exploration. But a recent video shows FEDOR “learning” to shoot with both hands — and the robot appears to be an excellent shot:
FEDOR's creators claim that the shooting training is designed to “help improve their motor skills and decision-making abilities,” but the timing of the video's release may leave some wondering whether space exploration will truly be its only application.