Mother Russia has given birth to Terminator.
As part of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s strategic plan to travel to the Moon, Moscow has built a terrifying human-like robot named FEDOR that can lift weights, screw in light bulbs, extinguish a fire, drive jeeps, drill holes, do press-ups and shoot guns.
Russian government’s Advanced Research Fund and technology company Android Technics collaborated to design and build the firearm-wielding robot.
Andrey Grigoriev, director of Russia’s Advanced Research Fund, told Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti: “FEDOR was designed as an android robot able to replace humans in high-risk areas, such as rescue operations. For this purpose, it was necessary to teach him to work independently in an urban environment, navigate the terrain, drive a car, to handle special tools, provide first aid and other actions.
“In the autumn of 2016, FEDOR’s skills were demonstrated to move around uneven surfaces, including stairs, using tools such as a drill, and special equipment of rescuers — a jack, hydraulic unclamp and the like. At present, it is capable to drive a car — independently occupy and leave the driver’s seat, manipulate the pedals, turn on transmissions, steer.
Last month Russian space agency announced plans for FEDOR to pilot the Federatsiya spacecraft into orbit in 2021, with hopes of eventually going to Mars.