But it is not for a space odyssey
Marisa Garcia has written an article, “Artificial intelligence in space: CIMON says HAL is not all that”, for TNOOZ explaining the next mission for artificial intelligence (AI). The form given to this AI robot will be similar to that of a volleyball with a face.
Its simple duties on this test mission are limited to serving as an advanced early warning system and checklist reminder. The third duty is really not that important. The first two duties are right up AI’s alley and would allow AI to make a very positive contribution to a space odyssey travel.
Are we being redundant
The article also mentioned that more duties will be assigned to the volleyball faced AI unit. These duties when listed, bring a question to mind. Are we underutilizing AI when it comes to certain tasks?
By underutilizing, it is meant that the researchers are using AI to track issues that humans do not need any help in tracking. Humans can see the signs of problems when they arise in those listed duties.
They do not need artificial intelligence help in the matter. Nor do they need suggestions from a machine to solve an inter-human conflict. It is wondered if this use of AI is designed to help astronauts. Or enable them to shut their minds off and let machines do the thinking for humans.
Whatever the purpose of those duties, it seems that AI is not being used where it is needed most. Researchers are wasting the ability of AI and the possible positive contributions it can make.
Spotting possible dangers
Instead of focusing on what humans already know and their knowledge on how to solve interpersonal conflicts. It would seem that researchers could utilize AI to spot possible dangers that arise in space. A leak in the oxygen tanks, the faulty mechanism or even the dangerous approach of a space odyssey objects and debris.
Replacing human thinking and knowledge is not a good purpose for AI. The value of AI is being misplaced and ignored. There is a vast amount of applications that AI could cover that would enhance any astronauts experience in space and protect those humans as well.
Why waste the time and resource on being redundant?
AI and space missions
In reading about the duties given to the artificial intelligence robot to be tested in space, it seems that researchers have a low opinion of human-based thinking. Yet, what value can come from a machine that doesn’t have a history of human thinking & human interactions?
AI does have some positive contributions it can make to society but thinking for humans is not one of them. It would seem that the researchers would make better applications and assign better duties than solving a Rubik’s cube or monitoring inter-human reactions.
All in all, this test flight seems to be a waste of AI resources and capabilities. But it does speak volumes about the researchers behind the test.