Say Hello to CIMON. Airbus and DLRs Flying Brain Bot

A floating neuro-morphic computer named CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) is being trained alongside astronaut and geophysicist Alexander Gerst for deployment aboard the ISS from June-October 2018 together with NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps and Russian spacecraft commander Sergei Prokopyev in May 2018.

Quite a lot of everyday objects we’re originally invented for space.

These include

  • Thermal Blankets
  • The coating on scratch resistant Lenses
  • Modern radial tires
  • Memory foam mattresses
  • Adjustable smoke detectors
  • Modern athletic shoes at least as far as shock absorption, stability and motion control are concerned
  • Long distance phone calls due to the introduction of satellites

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Therefor, We should always keep an eye on the Aerospace sector, since tools that are first tested here tend to have very real implications for people back on Earth.

DLR, Germanys aerospace center is managing the CIMON project alongside prime contractor – international aerospace giant Airbus and a few others like IBM, Reichert Design and LMU Munich.

Astronauts will work together with the A.I in zero-g to solve rubiks cubes, perform medical experiments and interact with crystals.

CIMON

photo courtesy of Airbus

The 11 pound spherical monitor is a capable of voice and facial recognition. as well as engaging with astronauts as a “colleague” using a complex computer interface that mimics the human brain. It can also process and display diagnostic information, acting as type of virtual assistant.

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Till Eisenberg, project lead at DLR

“We want to study the psychological effects of long space missions on crew members and try out suitable countermeasures, especially those that reduce stress. We will place special emphasis on data mining and interactions between humans and AI.

 

Sources

ESA Horizons Mission

Cimon Floating Brain ISS

 

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