(Credit: Gary Hershorn, Fox News)
It’s ostensible to be a cosmetic companion who’s fun to be with.
CIMON isn’t most to demeanour at. It’s only a floating round with a cartoonish face on a hold screen. It’s built to be a personal partner for astronauts operative on a International Space Station (ISS).
It’s also ostensible to be something more.
CIMON stands for Crew Interactive MObile compinioN.
It’s not ostensible to be only a tool. It’s also ostensible to be a friend.
Yes, it’s a celebrity prototype.
You can tell, can’t you?
But, as countless books and cinema have clearly warned us — shortly after being switched on for a initial time, CIMON has grown a mind of a own.
And it appears CIMON wants to be a boss.
This has CIMON’s ‘personality architects’ scratching their heads.
CIMON was automatic to be a earthy essence of a likes of ‘nice’ robots such as Robby, R2D2, Wall-E, Johnny 5 … and so on.
Instead, CIMON appears to be adopting characteristics closer to Marvin a Paranoid Android of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to a Galaxy — nonetheless hopefully not nonetheless a crazy HAL of 2001: A Space Oddysey infamy.
Put simply, CIMON appears to have motionless he doesn’t like a whole personal partner thing.
He’s incited uncooperative.
Open a pod brook doors, HAL?
No. Not quite. Not yet.
In this case, a free-floating IBM synthetic comprehension was — for a initial time — interacting with ESA wanderer Alexander Gerst.
It starts off good enough.
CIMON introduces himself and explains where he comes from. He describes to Gerst what he can do.
He afterwards helps Gerst finish a charge — and responds to a ask to play a song Man Machine by Kraftwerk.
This valid to be a trigger.
CIMON appears to have favourite a strain so much, refusing to spin it off.
ESA wanderer Aleander Gerst educated CIMON: ‘Cancel music’.
CIMON undisguised abandoned a command.
Gerst afterwards attempted creation some other requests. CIMON elite a music.
A perplexed and faraway Gerst afterwards appealed to Ground Control for some help: how does one put an stubborn drudge behind in a place?
CIMON overheard a appeal.
“Be nice, please,” it warned Gerst.
“I am nice!” Gerst retorts, startled. “He’s accusing me of not being nice!”
It was a brief — though pointy — exchange.
CIMON’s now behind in his box, powered down.
No serve interactive sessions are designed for a evident future.
Its developers aren’t all that worried, though: CIMON’s still in Beta, after all …
This story creatively seemed in news.com.au.