CIMON will use a neural AI network to learn from astronauts.
CIMON also parallels HAL, the sentient computer in Stanley Kubrick's movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
An AI robot created to help astronauts will launch to the International Space Station early Friday.
CIMON (Crew Interactive MObile companioN) can speak, respond to spoken commands and has a smiley face on its screen to put crew members at ease. But while the floating bot is programmed to recognize Gerst's face and voice, it can also interact with everyone who calls out its name and can follow the astronauts around engaging in small talk.
Less than 10 minutes after liftoff, the Dragon capsule separated from the rocket's upper stage to begin a three-day chase of the ISS.
The used Falcon rocket blasted off hauling almost 2,700kg of cargo, including the spherical AI bot named Cimon; genetically identical mice, or mousetronauts; and super-caffeinated coffee for the crew of the International Space Station. On Monday, July 2, the ISS received its first artificial intelligence robot, and as a bonus, was also graced with berries, ice cream, and brown mice.
The prime goal is to detect whether AI robots can cooperate with astronauts to help work life in space.
To get around, CIMON will possess the ability to fly throughout the ISS at will. CIMON doesn't have any arms or legs, so it can't assist with any physical tasks, but it features a language user interface, allowing crew members to verbally communicate with it. It returned aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule in May after long bouts of inactivity and wiring trouble. The second is for CIMON to look at a Rubik's cube through its camera and give Gerst instructions for how to solve it.
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