A new floating space robot is the first interactive artificial intelligence aid for the crew aboard the International Space Station…
A new floating space robot is the first interactive artificial intelligence aid for the crew aboard the International Space Station – but it seems to have made a strange and slightly aggressive debut.
CIMON, “Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN”, is a $ 6million, 3D-printed basketball plastic robot built by Airbus for the German Space Center. It is hoped that the boat will improve crew efficiency and morale during long and lonely missions in space (something reminiscent of Wilson in Castaway).
The AI-driven bottom has 12 internal fans that allow him to move while floating in micro conditions. It has an interactive display with an unpleasant cartoon face that can show instructions, record video, play music and search for items.
CIMON was delivered to ISS in June and this new video of the European Space Agency ESA) shows the German astronaut Alexander Gerst’s first interaction with the boat.
It is fair to say that CIMON is still a little rusty and could do with some tune ups before Mars’s mission is considered. The boat seemed to be good at the foundation demonstration first, but after Gerst asked CIMON for some music, things started to go outside.
CIMON begins around 4:08 in the video and soon begins refusing to switch from music mode. At 6:04, things take a difficult time when CIMON begins to ask a complainant Gerst: ” Do not you like this with me ?, ” before singing ominously to the tire.
ESA does not seem to be discouraged by the frosty meeting and writes that they are ” happy with their first trip ” and claim that both CIMON developers and Alexander hope CIMON will be back to action again .
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The space agency added that while no further CIMON sessions are scheduled at this time for Horizon’s mission, this can only be the beginning of “exciting cooperation between astronauts, robot assistants and possible future artificial intelligence in space .”
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