It's a plastic friend, fun to be with.
CIMON is not much to see. It's just a hovering ball with a cartoon-like face on the touch screen. It is a personal assistant to astronauts working at the International Space Station (ISS).
It should also be something more.
CIMON stands for Crew Interactive MObile CompinioN.
It should not be just a tool. It should also be a friend.
Yes, it is a prototype of the personality.
You can do that, right?
But numerous books and films have warned us clearly ̵
And it seems CIMON wanted to be the boss.
This has scratched CIMON's "personality architects" heads.
CIMON was programmed as the Physical Embodiment of "nice" robots like Robby, R2D2, Wall-E, Johnny 5, etc.
Instead, CIMON seems to have features closer to Marvin the Paranoid Android of the Hitchhiker Guide Galaxy – though hopefully not yet the psychotic HAL of 2001: A Space Oddysey Infamy.
Put simply, CIMON seems to have decided that he does not like the whole personal assistance thing.
He is uncooperative.
Open the pod book doors, HAL?
No. Not quite. Not yet.
In this case, IBM's free-moving artificial intelligence interacted with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst for the first time.
It starts well enough.
CIMON introduces himself and explains where he is from. He describes Gerst what he can do.
Then he helps Gerst to complete a task – and responds to a request to play Kraftwerk's Song Man Machine.
This proved to be the trigger.
CIMON appears I liked the song so much and refused to turn it off.
ESA astronaut Aleander Gerst instructed CIMON: & # 39; to stop music & # 39 ;.
CIMON ignored the command without exception.
CIMON preferred the music.
A nervous and confused barley asked the floor controller for some help: How to put a clogged robot back in its place?
CIMON heard the appeal.
"I'm nice!", Gerhard Gerst scared. "He accuses me not being nice!"
It was a short but sharp exchange.
CIMON is now off in his box.
No more interactive sessions are planned for the immediate future.
However, the developers are not too worried: CIMON is still in beta …
This story originally appeared in news.com.au.