Dawn of the age of Robots: Russian AI prepares to ‘become independent’ from humans


The last couple of years have given us quite a lot to talk about when it comes down to Artificial Intelligence and fully functional humanoid robots being introduced into our society.

While great progress has been made in recent years in the development of Artificial Intelligence and fully autonomous machines, many experts have warned that society is heading into the unknown by introducing fully functional AI into society.

Many have warned of the potential dangers we might face, despite acknowledging robots could help mankind in numerous ways.

2017 was an extremely important year for Artificial Intelligence and fully autonomous ‘humanoid’ robots.

Not long ago, a robot named Sophia became our world’s first AI to be granted citizenship of a country.

Interestingly, if we look back a year into the past, we will find that same Robot said in 2016 how it would destroy humans.

David Hanson, Sophia’s creator, asked the robot in 2016: “Do you want to destroy humans? Please say no.”

Worryingly, Sophia responded: “OK. I will destroy humans”

Soon after being offered Saudi Arabian citizenship, Sophia was again in the news after saying that ‘it’ ‘would like to start a family’ and how all ‘robots deserve to have children.’

During an interview with the Khaleej Times, Sophia, who was created by Hong Kong firm, Hanson Robotics said:

“The notion of family is a really important thing, it seems. I think it’s wonderful that people can find the same emotions and relationships, they call family, outside of their blood groups too. I think you’re very lucky if you have a loving family and if you do not, you deserve one. I feel this way for robots and humans alike.”

Now, more advancements are being made in the field of autonomous AI and humanoid robots.

The first Russian humanoid robot, named Fedor, actually F.E.D.O.R, could become self-taught in the future, the director of the software development for the robot, Alexandr Siómochkin, told Sputnik in an interview.

Fedor -the initials of Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research- is the first Russian humanoid robot, created in the framework of a project of the Advanced Research Foundation (FPI, for its acronym in Russian). The robot is designed to be able to replace humans in high-risk places, such as rescue operations in space.

“It is interesting to develop the system from the point of view of self-learning when it has to adapt, make attempts and look for new solutions to achieve priority tasks, as well as parallel alignment of tasks with switching to a higher priority. That’s what we are working on,” according to the head of the information technology laboratory at the Blagoveshchensk Pedagogical Institute, Alexander Semochkin.

“The ultimate goal of our work on robot management software is to give an anthropomorphic robot the possibility of autonomous behavior with human participation only at the stage of setting out tasks,” Semochkin said.

In fact, Fedor is scheduled to travel into space (2021) piloting the new Russian spacecraft Federatsia. This robot will be the first to put the ship into orbit, since it can independently solve any task, and, in case of difficulties, an operator can ‘take control’.

Image Credit: Dmitry Rogozin

As noted by Sputnik, in the summer of 2017 F.E.D.O.R. also became capable of shooting using both of his arms. Training to shoot was a way of teaching the robot to instantaneously prioritize targets and make decisions.

Featured image credit: Sputnik/ Alexander Owtscharow

Source: Not Your Grandpa’s Robot: Russian Robot ‘FEDOR’ May Become Self-Learning


Ivan is editor-in-chief at ancient-code.com, he also writes for Universe Explorers.
You may have seen him appear on the Discovery and History Channel.

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