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Russian Robot Goes Ballistic

A Russian robot slated for space travel has been spending time at the gun range. Is it Judgement Day already?

If you’ve been worried about nuclear war with North Korea, keep in mind that their latest show of force proved a farce, as their intercontinental ballistic missile exploded almost immediately, according to South Korean and U.S. officials. Meanwhile, Russia is weaponizing its anthropomorphic robot F.E.D.O.R., which of course stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research.

This was tweeted from the Russia's deputy PM Dmitryi Rogozin, showing the robot, which was developed by Android Technics, blast targets like it’s a Wild West trick shooter.

So while President Trump attacks a guy who played a Terminator on Twitter, Russia is using the micro-blogging site to make a yuge statement about their very own gun-wielding robot.

Rogozin, ever cognizant about how arming a six-foot tall robot with perfect aim could appear, wants to put the world’s mind at ease:.

 "We are not creating a Terminator,” he says, “but artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various fields.”

Those fields include hazardous rescue work and replacing cosmonauts on spacewalks. FEDOR could be crawling around the hull of the ISS by 2021.

America, through DARPA, and Japan, have both attempted to make practical rescue robots since the Fukushima meltdown, and NASA has its own Robonauts to explore space. So maybe there’s nothing to be alarmed about here.

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Allegedly, the pistol training was merely a hand-eye, or rather vision system/end effector, exercise to test FEDOR’s dexterity. Video shows that FEDOR is also handy with a drill, welding torch, keys, and can even drive.

It’s certainly not a politically charged response to  the U.S. obliterating a Syrian air base or dropping the Mother of All Bombs on Afghanistan. Syria’s Assad regime is allied with Russia and the Soviets’ 1980s quagmire in Afghanistan is essentially that nation’s “Vietnam.”

But just in case this is a show of force, we’d like to remind Russia we have robots and love guns, too.

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