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In Video Debut, CIMON ISS Robot throws an unexpected tantrum

ISS robot CIMON.
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In terms of bulky behavior we are still not quite at the HAL 9000 level – but during the debut demonstration of the new AI-powered robot at the CIMON International Space Station, the free floating device showed very questionable behavior.

CIMON, brief for Crew Interactive MObile Companion, is the first interactive flyer companion to participate in the ISS mission. Airbus has built $ 6 million of basketball-based robots under a contract awarded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The purpose of the project is to check whether an artificially intelligent bot can improve the effectiveness and morale of morale during longer missions, including a possible mission to Mars.

CIMON has no hands or feet but has some AI-powered smart and natural language user interface. Robot with 3D printing has 12 indoor fans that allow it to move in multiple directions while floating under microgravity conditions. Bot can display instructions on your screen, record video, play music, and even search for objects.

CIMON was delivered to ISS at the end of June, and we are finally able to see this bot thanks to the new video of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The video shows CIMON's first interaction on the ISS and say it is still rough around the edges.

First thing happens smoothly, as German astronaut Alexander Gerst, looking at NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, asks some questions about CIMON. CIMON is able to tell Gerst his name and where he is, as he has demonstrated his ability to tilt his smirking robotic face. After helping the scientific process, CIMON, at Kantel's request, is the favorite song by Gerst, Kraftwerk's "Man-Machine". Very nice choice.

But then, around 4: 8 of the video tags, CIMON starts acting a little bit forever. Behind this point, the demonstration looks like a shot taken 2001: Odyssey of the Universe, and CIMON plays part of HAL 9000 and Gerst as David Bowman.

Not wanting to move to music mode, CIMON accuses Gerst of not being nice and asking him to stop being so significant. The common view between Gersta and Auñón Chancellor at this time – at 6:04 – is absolutely invaluable. Acting as a three-year-old, CIMON asks: "Do not you like me here?" And immediately she starts to fall to the deck. And then she asks the crew when it's time for lunch.

All right, so not a smooth debut.

Despite CIMON's disgusting behavior and unbelievable lowering, Gerst commended the robot's ability to float immobile in the cabin. It's too early for the project, but CIMON at least provides some comic relief. Indeed, as part of its mission, CIMON should retain morale morale, and in that sense has already managed through its unexpected plums.

Well, as long as CIMON does not lock Gerst off the ISS during its next space trip.


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