HAL-like robot: CIMON

The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (CIMON) was launched early this Friday to become the first personal, artificial intelligence powered companion in space!

At a weight of 5900 pounds, CIMON is a verbally communicative device, and will also communicate step-by-step instructions to astronauts during three planned science experiments. It will return to Earth on December 13.

As is common knowledge about the group think effect, in which humans that spend long periods of time in isolation are driven to make irrational decisions, it is believed that robots like CIMON can help counteract such a situation and prove useful in the working of the space station. CIMON can help mitigate the disorientation astronauts may feel in space.

Data by HAL-like robot CIMON to help astronaut

An AI butler at Zuckerberg’s place?

Mark Zuckerberg dedicated 100 hours on a personal project to make a system inspired by the Iron Man film character Jarvis as a virtual assistant to help manage his household. What more, the house butler is named Jarvis. He commented, “In some ways, this challenge was easier than I expected. In fact, my running challenge took more total time.” He had taken a resolution to run 365 miles in 2016.

Jarvis is an application Zuckerberg and his family can access through his phone or computer to control lights, temperature, music, security, applicances and more. The application also has the ability to entertain Zuckerberg’s one year old daughter. It is a machine learning software that learns his tastes and preferences, new words or concepts.

The software even has Natural language processing and Facial recognition capabilities. This lets the software understand natural language, and even tell which person is issuing them. The software has the ability to have different tastes and preferences in music, air-conditioner temperature, or other things for each person, and can do the required job for the person when it recognizes the voice of the person issuing the command. Read the full article here.