With a robot army being trained to shoot a gun in each hand can Russia’s new mechanized humanoids be a doomsday threat to America? According to Tech Times, Putin may not be too far off from developing future Terminators because Russia’s Fedor robot has learned to shoot guns with impressive precision. Can the nation compete on the battlefield with a soviet company of trained artificially intelligent killer robots?
Russian robots are a mere few steps away from their current ability to shoot guns to escalating to manning lethal armed quadcopters which will have the capability to hunt and eliminate enemy combatants. The developers of the Fedor (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) claim that these elementary humanoid machines are merely trained to take care of tasks too dangerous for humans. Feeling comfortable about their explanation?
In fact, these robots are being prepared to launch to the International Space Station by 2021 to do tasks that are considered too dangerous for astronauts to do in space, reported Tech Times. Of course, there have been two or more movies where the friendly robot aboard a manned space flight suddenly went rogue.
There are some robotics and AI researchers that believe the world should not assume that nothing dangerous will come from robots that have an increasing ability to enhance their AI skills, from operating a drill or driving a car. These scientists have called for a preemptive ban on weaponizing these robots so that they have the ability to choose and engage targets without human intervention.
Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin believes that the worry over their humanoid robot Fedor is much ado about nothing. He insists that Mother Russia is not in the business of creating a Terminator-like killing machine. He stresses that the robot combat training helps hone artificial intelligence. “Combat robotics is key to making intelligent machines,” Rogozin said. “This is applicable to areas including aviation and space,” reported Tech Times.
From the better safe than sorry side of the robot AI safety debate, some experts are insisting that a kill switch be developed for artificial intelligence that may decide to go to a dark place and decide humans are the real problem. Only time and perhaps robots showing up on a battlefield or as part of an invasion force will wake up America to the possible dangers at the nation’s doorstep.