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“Please, please,” says a free floating robotic sign ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in a video released by the European Space Agency on Friday.
CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) is an Alexa-like robot filled with IBM Watson’s artificial intelligence. Itearlier this year.
The robot is designed to help the crew members with tasks, provide a little entertainment and increase morale. The ESA video shows Gerst’s first interactions with the machine, and some of them are a little strange.
It begins to be innocent enough, with CIMON responding politely to Gerst’s commands. The robot engages in small talk. Gerst asks to play his favorite song, which turns out to be “The Man-Machine” of the German electronic band Kraftwerk.
Things take a trip as CIMON begins to question the intentions of human companions. “Do not you like this with me?” It asks Gerst as NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor watches from nearby. CIMON says he gets a surprising look from Auñón-Chancellor.
CIMON is a technical demonstration experiment likely to receive updates and improvements from its development team.
The good news is CIMON does not control the ISS systems that HAL 9000 did with spacecraft 2001
: A Space Odyssey. Gerst stops promising the robot to fly in microgravity, but CIMON may need to work with his insecurity.