Robotics & Geopolitics: Robotics, AI Could Launch New Space Race

Robotics Business Review has partnered with Abishur Prakash at Center for Innovating the Future to provide its readers with cutting-edge insights into recent developments in international robotics, AI, and unmanned systems. Are you ready to be updated?

Space race boosted by AI, robotics 

Robotics development: An AI assistant called Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (CIMON) has been designed by Airbus and IBM to support astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). CIMON is the size of a medicine ball but packs the power of IBM Watson. It can respond to voice commands and has been programmed to have a “friendly face.” It will operate on the ISS from now until October 2018.

Geopolitical significance: It’s clear that a new space race is underway between world powers, and AI and robotics could define who wins.

For example, NASA is creating AI for space communicationsrobot bees to explore Mars, a small robot helicopter for its next Mars missiondroids to build a base on the moon, and panels that can swarm in space to create telescopes. It also wants future spacecraft to use blockchain and AI to “think for themselves” in deep space missions.

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