An artificially intelligent robot last week was launched to the International Space Station to assist with scientific experiments.
The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (CIMON) is designed to help the crew go through the steps outlined in a manual, display pictures of certain parts of the experiment, and answer related questions.
The Airbus-designed CIMON is powered by IBM's Watson supercomputer, and is directed by cameras and vocal commands; it also can hold a dialogue and transmit information to mission commanders on Earth.
Astronaut Alexander Gerst is CIMON's primary operator, and he can summon the robot by speaking its name.
In addition to going through experimental tasks, CIMON's helpfulness will be tested by assisting Gerst in solving a Rubik's cube.
From The Washington Post
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