Russia has been developing a humanoid robot for several years now. Its primary purpose is to help astronauts during space missions. Since its appearance in the media, there were discussions of how it can be used for military applications. And just recently a video appeared on the internet released by the Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin on his social media pages. In the video, they are testing that robot in a course of several unmanned vehicles tests. Particularly, the robot dual wields Glock pistols and does it pretty well.
Robot’s name is FEDOR, which besides being a Russian masculine given name is also an abbreviation and stands for “Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research”. It was initially a project of Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations. Later, they decided that FEDOR will be most useful in space and its first flight is scheduled in 2021. Right now the engineers are working on refining its fine motor skills. The politician said that they are not making a “Terminator” and these shooting exercises are just a good way to program quick decision making and priority setting capabilities. As you can see from the video it is doing the job pretty fast and accurately.
To me, FEDOR is an amateur and I won’t take him seriously unless he learns to do this: