HAL-Like Robot To Help Astronaut In Space Odyssey

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A science fiction-inspired robot hardwired to assist astronauts launched from Florida early Friday to become the first personal, artificial intelligence-powered companion in space. The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, or CIMON, is an English-speaking droid roughly the size of a basketball that will help German astronaut Alexander Gerst conduct experiments on the International Space Station.  “What we’re trying to do with CIMON is to increase the efficiency of the astronaut,” said Matthias Biniok, an engineer for chip maker IBM and one of the lead architects behind CIMON’s artificial intelligence. CIMON will verbally communicate step-by-step instructions to Gerst during three planned science experiments on the space station’s European module. Currently, astronauts read these instructions from a laptop, which Biniok says is an arduous process that a responsive, hands-free companion like CIMON can replace.

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If my name is astronaut Alexander Gerst I'm not going on any mission with that thing

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What can possibly go wrong? :)

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