CIMON, an AI-powered robot developed by IBM and Airbus, afresh acted altogether normal during interactions with human crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). A slew of journalists don’t agree with that assessment, but we’ll let you decide.

When a crew member tried to ask it to do stuff it got confused, misinterpreted assertive voice commands, and about failed to aftermath the accepted after-effects with any consistency.

Yep, sounds like business as usual.

If you own a smart speaker, collaborate with a basic assistant, or have ever played (okay, maybe not that one) you know absolutely how it feels to collaborate with an accustomed chatbot – and there’s not absolutely a chasm amid IBM’s Watson and Amazon’s Alexa.

We love our AI-powered accessories when they work, and they’re accepting better all the time, but when they don’t they can be frustrating.

In Watson’s defense, it’s among the first AI solutions to be tested in space, and absolutely the first amphibian chat bot on the ISS.

But, as you can acutely see in the video above (starting around the 3:30 mark), the worst it can be accused of is not being very useful.

Why then, fellow journalists, does anyone think this is appropriate:

Did I miss a memo about a challenge where we all try to come up with the most antic banderole accessible and then admit in as many references to fabulous AI/robots in the commodity as we can? Because, if so, way to work with a difficult prompt on this one everybody.

It’s time we all chock-full advertisement every little thing a apparatus learning-powered assemble does as though we’re seeing affirmation of robot sentience, even if it’s a joke.


AI can do a lot of things, but even IBM’s Watson – an AI we really like —  can’t get affronted or get its activity hurt. And it absolutely did not go rogue, get belligerent, or have a accident by any measure.

Just stop it. You’re all being ridiculous. No wonder Elon gets so aggravated.

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