IBM’s Watson is going to space

IBM yesterday announced it would be providing the AI brain for a robot being built by Airbus to accompany astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). When only the best of the best will do, it looks like Watson has the right stuff. The robot, which looks like a flying volleyball with a low-resolution face, is being deployed with German astronaut Alexander Gerst in June for a six month mission. It’s called CIMON, an acronym for Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, and it’s headed to space to do science stuff. It’ll help crew members conduct medical experiments, study crystals, and play…

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