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The new robot of the International Space Station is the freaky floating space of Alexa – TechCrunch



Get to know Cimon. The aircraft for the 3D printed floating robot developed Airbus for the German Space Agency. He was a member of the International Space Station crew since June, although, as Gizmodo notes, this is the first time we see him in action.

The really floating, robotic face of the robot Watson is like an extremely expensive Amazon Echo designed to study human and machine interactions in the universe. This video highlights the early interaction between Cimon and the European space agent astronaut Alexander Gerst.

Gerst asks for his "favorite song," which leads Cimone to play Kraftwerk's "Man Machine", who just shook the astronaut who then requires the robot to shoot on a video. Once again Cimon follows, though this time it is a bit angry that the music stopped. The kind of coarse first encounter for two new associates.

"Happy at the outset, Cimon developers and Alexander hope that Cimon will soon re-operate," ESA says. "While no further sessions are planned at this stage during the Horizons mission, it could mark the start of exciting co-operation between astronauts, robotic assistants and possible future artificial intelligence in the universe."

I hope things will go a little bit more smoothly next time. The Lord knows that it's the last thing you want to strain from a space robot.


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