NASA’s “nice” robot on the International Space Station — ain’t so nice

❝ It’s supposed to be a plastic pal who’s fun to be with.

CIMON isn’t much to look at. It’s just a floating ball with a cartoonish face on its touch screen. It’s built to be a personal assistant for astronauts working on the International Space Station…It’s also supposed to be a friend.

❝ CIMON appears to have decided he doesn’t like the whole personal assistant thing.

He’s turned uncooperative.

RTFA for interaction between CIMON and ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst. Which doesn’t go well. Not as uptight as things became between HAL and Dave. Yet.

Thanks, UrsaRodinia

3 thoughts on “NASA’s “nice” robot on the International Space Station — ain’t so nice

  1. 에버4 says:

    “Last month, a spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station carrying, among other cargo, small cube-shaped robots called Astrobees. The devices are designed to operate in the space lab’s unique microgravity environment, offering assistance to the astronauts located on the ISS. In its most recent update on the matter, NASA shared an image of the Astrobee robot ‘Bumble’ on the ISS alongside some details about how it and its ‘Honey’ companion are operating.” (SlashGear 5/19/19)
    “I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” HAL in “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)

  2. Roomba says:

    New Robot With ‘Emotional Intelligence’ Arrives at Space Station
    The original CIMON debuted in mid-2018 and operated on the ISS for 14 months. Now, CIMON-2 is on its way to the station after launching aboard a SpaceX resupply mission on December 4th. While the new CIMON looks like the old one, IBM says it has improved the robot’s spatial awareness with ultrasonic sensors. It can also respond to human emotions thanks to IBM’s Watson Tone Analyzer.
    Philosophical discussion of the rudiments phenomenology between Lieutenant Doolittle (helmsman, and originally second-in-command of the scout ship Dark Star), and the artificially intelligent “Thermostellar Bomb #20” after it refuses to disarm or abort a countdown sequence in John Carpenter’s “Dark Star” (1974)
    See also Astrobee robots (5/20/19)

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