ESA’s slightly creepy AI assistant is headed to the International Space Station and definitely won’t kill everyone

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Science fiction movies have taught us that mixing AI with space travel rarely works out well. From HAL 9000 to Mother, something always seems to go wrong when you put an AI in space, but that isn't stopping the European Space Agency and NASA from testing out their very own floating AI assistant in the International Space Station on a soon-to-be-launched resupply mission.

The "Crew Interactive Mobile Companion" — or CIMON ("Simon") for short — is a friendly spherical gadget that will float around the space station and provide useful information for its handlers. Complete with facial recognition, CIMON will help astronauts perform various tasks and aid them in working through problems when needed. It also definitely won't become evil and turn on the crew. We think.

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