Scientists from TRACLabs have created an artificial intelligence that manages space stations autonomously.
NASA plans to use the AI in the first manned space missions to Mars around 2030.
The Brand new AI is a HAL-inspired AI which has the ability to run A Martian colony autonomously, minus the paranoia and betrayal we saw in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey movie.
HAL 9000, the science fiction masterpiece is best remembered for the chilling way it killed its astronauts. Of course, the new AI inspired by HAL will not be a paranoic, astronaut killing machine, but will help future space explorers to achieve their goals successfully.
“We hope to slowly, piece by piece, work CASE into one or more analog to determine its value for future space expeditions.”
The Space Exploring AI was devised by the developer Pete Bonasso will be able to plan and control activities and technological operations to maintain a planetary colony running all day.
It is a solution composed of three layers.
The first controls physical components, such as life support systems and energy or planetary rovers; the second executes the software to control the physical components; and the third meets the daily objectives, from routine maintenance and other tasks of the expedition to any emergency that may arise.
The AI prototype is able to reason and make judgments with the data it has.
In addition, it has interfaces composed of screens and voice assistants with which humans can interact with.
For the moment, CASE has simulated the management of a planetary space station for four hours, so Bonasso and his colleagues are working to improve the AI’s capabilities and hope to gradually incorporate them into NASA simulations.
“Our colleagues and NASA counterparts are not concerned that our HAL might get out of control,” Bonasso explained to Space.com.
“That’s because it can’t do anything it’s not programmed to do.”
Scientists who developed the brand new AI confessed that they were inspired by HAL 9000, a fictitious supercomputer equipped with artificial intelligence that appears in the movie 2001: Space Odyssey (1968).