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This Russian Gun-Slinging Robot Is Definitely Not A Terminator, Russia Insists
Meet FEDOR. He’s a humanoid robot from Russia that can screw in lightbulbs, drive a car, fire two handguns at once. But he’s absolutely *not* a Terminator — at least, according to Russian officials.
FEDOR, actually an acronym for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, is a bipedal robot originally developed by Android Technics and the Advanced Research Fund to take on search and rescue missions. But thanks to his extreme versatility and durability the Russian government reportedly plans to send him to space. FEDOR will likely become the sole passenger on Russian spacecraft Federatsiya, set to launch in 2021, or he serve on the country’s moon missions slated for 2031.
So why teach him to shoot guns? His creators say practicing marksmanship helps FEDOR develop his decision-making and motor skills, according to Independent. Although the military applications are clear, Russian deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin even shared a short video of FEDOR in action last week.
— Дмитрий Рогозин (@Rogozin) April 14, 2017
“Decision-making and motor skills’ sure sounds a lot like “robot murder skills” to us, but FEDOR’s makers and the Russian government insist that this skeletal robot was in no way inspired by the ghoulish genocidal robots of the “Terminator” franchise.
“We are not creating a Terminator, but artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various fields,” Rogozin explained in a tweet.
We’ll see about that.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at "restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.", state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.
The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea's Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred.
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In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
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Researchers poring over nearly 200 years of data found that unlike earlier times when there was a decline in suicide rates among U.S. Army soldiers during and just after wars, the rate has risen significantly since 2004, according to the report in JAMA Network Open.
The Navy relieved a decorated explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) officer on Thursday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy announced on Friday.