Regardless of the actual fact the unique CIMON went rogue and stopped taking orders in 2018, a second robotic with synthetic intelligence, generally known as CIMON-2, is making its means in direction of the Worldwide Area Station.
CIMON-2 makes use of IBM’s Watson system for its synthetic intelligence, sporting some notable upgrades over the earlier version, together with the flexibility to be “an empathetic companion” and consider feelings. It was developed by Airbus on behalf of German area company DLR, with each funding the undertaking.
“CIMON-2 contains extra delicate microphones, extra strong computer systems, and IBM Watson Tone Analyzer expertise, which makes use of linguistic evaluation to detect emotion from the tone of a dialog,” IBM wrote in a weblog publish. “As with the unique CIMON, CIMON-2 will use a dozen inner rotors to maneuver weightlessly, nod or shake its head when listening, and comply with an astronaut autonomously or on command.”
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Using the Tone Analyzer, CIMON-2 may know if an astronaut had issue with a activity and supply help or encouragement.
Initially, there have been fears that CIMON (Crew Interactive Cell Companion) could possibly be HAL-9000 from “2001: A Area Odyssey.” However IBM’s Matthias Biniok stated it was a profitable mission, even when CIMON-1 ignored some requests from ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.
“CIMON-1 had a really profitable mission and the astronauts actually appreciated working with him,” Biniok, IBM undertaking supervisor, Watson AI, stated in an e-mail to Fox Information. “After all, there have been additionally some issues that didn’t go as anticipated. For example, CIMON was not switching to the ‘crew mode’ efficiently at one level and continued listening to the crew. He tried to know what the astronauts are conversing about and mapped this dialog to a query about lunch. That is no ‘AI magic,’ it is only a coaching error within the supervised machine studying algorithm.”
“CIMON can solely say issues that have been educated and he has no self-learning capabilities,” Biniok added. “Thus, these fears are solely derived from science fiction motion pictures and CIMON’s actions are at all times explainable.” CIMON-1 reached the Worldwide Area Station final summer time.
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Related in form to CIMON-1 with a spherical form, slight smile and skill to maneuver across the ISS, CIMON-2 is meant to be on the floating laboratory “for as much as three years,” Biniok famous. Past that, CIMON-2 may assist with placing AI into the cloud for future area flights, successfully giving astronauts virtually limitless data and knowledge.
“On a journey to the Moon or Mars, the crew would be capable to depend on an AI-based help service, with no everlasting knowledge hyperlink to Earth,” Christian Karrasch, CIMON undertaking supervisor with DLR, added within the weblog publish.
CIMON-2 lifted off on SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule on Dec. 5. from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
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