Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"We are not creating a Terminator" Putin

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Vladimir Putin's 'robot army' is being trained to shoot guns from both of its hands, it's emerged.
MirrorOnline reported last December how the android robots called FEDOR - Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research - are being developed for space exploration by Russia.
Now it's emerged that the human looking robots - with a head, two arms and two legs - have been handed guns as part of their training.
A video clip of them in action has already caused a senior government officials to issue a denial that they are creating a real-life "Terminator-style" killer.
Robots are being trained to shoot guns by Russia
The reference is to the robot in the Hollywood science fiction franchise - played by Arnold Schwarzenegger - which takes over the earth in the future by killing all humans that stand in its path.
FEDOR stands six foot tall, weighs between 106-160 kg depending on extra equipment - and can lift up to 20 kg of cargo.
Its creators claim that teaching them to shoot will help improve their motor skills and decision-making abilities.
Posting a short clip showing the armed robot in action, Russia's deputy PM Dmitryi Rogozin said: "Robot platform F.E.D.O.R. showed shooting skills with two hands.
"We are not creating a Terminator, but artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various fields.”
Terminator 2
In the clip posted by the Deputy PM the robot can be seen firing a pair of guns at a target board.
It is accompanied with the message: “Russian fighting robots – guys with iron nature.”
The clip also features other "robot-like" vehicles in action firing at targets on a range - although these are believed to be remote controlled.
The androids are being taught to fire from both hands 
The robot was originally created with rescue missions in mind until military uses began being suggested.
FEDOR is set to travel into space in 2021 - and has been touted as a permanent replacement for cosmonauts currently maintaining the ISS in the long term.
The robot is being developed by Android Technics and the Advanced Research Fund.
They are attempting to teach it a wide variety of basic and advanced skills - from how to use a set of keys and various tools to how to screw in a light bulb and drive a car.
Critics are worried that the robots are being trained to shoot
The robot was originally created for rescue work, but military uses have also been suggested by engineers.
Numerous experts have issued warnings over where the development of robots with artificial intelligence is leading us.
University of Cambridge Astronomer Royal and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, Lord Martin Rees, warned just this month that machines could soon take over from humans.
Russia insists it helps develop their motor functions and decision-making abilities 
MirrorOnline reported last December that FEDOR is the the android robot that Vladimir Putin hopes will successfully colonise the moon.
FEDOR is the prototype of a new artificial intelligence the Russian leader wants to send to the International Space Station.
It can work in the extreme temperatures on the moon without the need for a space suit - and can even 'live' outside in the open.
This comes as Russia revealed plans to send humans to the Moon by 2031.
Fedor, the Russian prototype of a humanoid robot
The robot can function like a human - and was intended for space travel 
Rogozin claimed the war in Syria had shown Russia the importance of robots in difficult environments, and promised FEDOR would make its space debut in five years.
Putin has also instructed his space chiefs to make a first landing on the Moon within 15 years.
A key task for FEDOR will be to "assist in construction and use of bases" on the moon and potentially other planets, said its Russian designers FPI.
The robot can "crawl, stand up after falling down, take and leave driver's seat in a car, use tools and operate in a regular building".
Sergei Khurs, head of the project and director of the National Centre for Technology Development and Basic Robotics, said: “During space walking missions and on other planets, astronauts will rely on robots.
Fedor, the Russian prototype of a humanoid robot
Russia is hoping the AI can colonise the Moon 
"Their capabilities are equal to those of humans, and in some ways even exceed them."
Vladimir Solntsev, general director of Russian rocket-making corporation Energia, said: "Our involvement in the Fedor-based space robot project will bring us to the next level in the development of robotic technologies."
Fedor, the Russian prototype of a humanoid robot
It can use tools, such as this drill 

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