This flying space droid want to make friends with the astronauts

CIMON is pictured here, flying around in zero gravity with a human companion and a Rubik’s cube.

(Airbus 2018)

The world’s first flying, autonomous, artificially intelligent (AI) astronaut assistant will soon get to work in the space.

To CIMON, the first AI-based help system for astronauts. CIMON was made by Airbus in collaboration with IBM, to provide the mission and the flight assistance on board the International Space Station. The 11-lb. (5 kilos) a round robot that looks like a medicine ball and an unforgettable face.

CIMON is trained to communicate with the European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Barley with photographs and voice samples of Barley. The bone is the launch in June with other scientific equipment aboard the Dragon spacecraft on SpaceX’s 15th resupply mission. Barley test CIMON on board the space station until October 2018. Described by Airbus and the other as a “flying brain,” CIMON will be the first of its kind in the area and will hopefully become “a real ‘colleague’ on board,” a statement from Airbus said. [In Real Life ‘Replicants’: 6 Humanoid Robots Used for Space Exploration]

Airbus hopes that CIMON the computer of the voice and the screen face, who Barley gave input on, will help the AI to “make friends” with the astronauts on board the space station, representatives of the company said in the statement. To help do this, CIMON will make use of IBM’s Watson AI technology and “will be able to listen, understand, and speak of the user,” To Eisenberg, CIMON project lead at Airbus, said in an e-mail to

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Eisenberg told that “CIMON can guide the crew” and help them “through the reading of instructions, the display of text or video on the screen, and the answering of questions.” He also said that the round bone will be able to detect users’ moods, and use that information to better communicate with the crew.

According to the statement of Airbus, CIMON will also help Barley with three important tasks:

  • Experimenting with crystals
  • Solving a Rubik’s cube with the help of videos
  • The conduct of a medical experiment — CIMON will act as an “intelligent” flying camera to document the experiment
  • CIMON will also serve to show and to explore how robots, specifically robots with emotional intelligence, interact socially with humans. The statement from Airbus said that the social interaction between people and robots will be especially important for long-term space missions.

    But CIMON not only an important tool (or “colleagues”) for the astronauts. The cheerful-looking robot ball could also be useful in the hospital or social care, ” the statement said. However, while the droid of the potential applications are exciting, “there is still a long way to go” before the technology is commonplace in the area and our ordinary life, Eisenberg said.

    A assistant as CIMON could be vital for the astronauts, by the strange, often difficult conditions on board the space station. “The astronauts to work in a challenging environment,” Eisenberg said. “They have to work at different facilities and performing experiments in the different disciplines in a busy and complex environment [environment].”

    Eisenberg and the rest of the team at Airbus think that CIMON could reduce stress at work and make tasks easier, ” he said.

    Perhaps the most fascinating fact about this new AI-astronaut assistant, is the inspiration behind the design. While Barley had some say in CIMON ‘ s voice and the face, told Eisenberg that, among the many influences, “The nearest connection can be seen from Professor Simon Wright of the science fiction story” Captain Future,”” a scientist, in the science fiction series published, 1940-1951, his brain in a robot body.

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