CIMON AI Astronaut Assistance is Siri for Space Stations

first_img I think a subtle but vital part of the robots’ planned takeover Earth is getting us all extremely comfortable with interacting with digital assistants. Virtual helpers like Siri and Alexa are becoming increasingly integrated aspects of our modern tech-savvy lives, with increasing access to our personal information.But the biggest proof yet of how far we (or they) have come is that even in a world where HAL 9000 exists, aeronautics company Airbus this week still plans on launching “the first AI-based mission and flight assistance system” into space to aid astronaut working on the International Space Station. Learn more about what they have to say about CIMON.CIMON, or Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN, is based on the IBM Watson artificial intelligence. Only instead of going on Jeopardy, it’s going into space to help out astronauts with all sorts of tasks required for existing in space. Examples include showing efficient ways to complete routine procedures and assisting with flight navigation.CIMON’s combination of Watson AI, cloud connectivity, and neural network training also allows it to recognize, learn from, and bond with the crew. Everyone aboard the station can communicate verbally with natural language. CIMON can offer up creative solutions to especially tricky challenges. It can even be a watchful security guard, noticing potential problems before they become truly dangerous.Did we also mention that CIMON is a big medicine ball-sized floating robot? That it has an uncannily friendly face displayed on a screen? The materials are 3D printed plastic and metal, but the result is something that truly straddles the freaky and fantastic ends of science-fiction depending on how you look.After launching from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 this Friday CIMON will reach the ISS Monday morning. From there he will team up with German astronaut Alexander Gerst for three hours of tests including some crystal and medical experiments as well as solving a Rubik’s cube. After that, solving interstellar colonization should be a snap.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on targetlast_img

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