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July 11, 2018

IBM to send 'friendly' floating robot head named CIMON to International Space Station

  • Industry
  • Robotics/AI

ABC News — An 11-pound, artificially-intelligent, floating robot head is being sent to the International Space Station (ISS) this week to assist astronauts there, IBM executives announced June 28, 2018.

The group project developed and integrated artificial intelligence (AI) components into Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (CIMON) and have been training it to demonstrate a personality.

CIMON is scheduled to be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard a SpaceXFalcon 9 rocket bound for the ISS on June 29 at 5:41 am EST, and is set to arrive there on Monday, July 2 - when it will join the Horizons mission as an astronaut companion to ISS Commander Alexander Gerst.

Read more at ABC News.

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