Russian scientists have created a robot they call FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research). Videos of the machine screwing in lightbulbs and driving cars are impressive. But what is concerning for many across the globe is FEDOR’s ability to wield guns.
Fear, stemming from science fiction movies and books, is understandable as everyday the world moves closer to a Terminator-like world. Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister quickly defended the research project on twitter claiming, “We are not creating a Terminator, but artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various fields.”
FEDOR has been in development for over two years and is intended to help astronauts on the International Space Station; working in areas to dangerous for humans. The robot’s creators hope to send the machine by 2021.
While FEDOR is certainly unique, this robot will not be the first one helping astronauts in space. Russia has sent two robots to the International Space Station before this one. Other countries have also contributed to aiding space research with robots. The United States has sent two and Germany and China have both sent one.
Currently the US’ NASA and Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency are developing robots whose mission will be to colonize Mars for humans to eventually live there.