Measure Cimon. The 3D-printed floating robot head was developed by Airbus for the German Space Agency. He is been a member of the International Space Station since June, though as Gizmodo notes, this is the first time we’re seeing him in action.
Really the floating, Watson-powered robot face is like an extremely expensive Amazon Echo designed to study human-machine interactions in space. This video highlights an early interaction between Cimon and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst.
Gerst requests his “favorite song,” leading Cimon to play Kraftwerk’s “Man Machine”, only to shaken by the astronaut, who then demands the robot shoot some video. Once again Cimon complies, though this time he’s clearly a bit annoyed that the music has stopped. Kind of a rough first encounter for the two new coworkers.
“Happy with his initial outing, both Cimon’s developers and Alexander hope to see Cimon back in action again soon,” the ESA says. “Mens ingen yderligere sessioner er planlagt under Horizons oppdrag på dette stadium, kan det markere begynnelsen av spennende samarbeid mellom astronauter, robotassistenter og mulig fremtidig kunstig intelligens i rummet.”
Forhåpentligvis går det mere smidigt næste gang. Lord knows the last thing you want to do is piss off a space robot.