A second pair of (robot) hands in space

Humanoid robot to teach astronauts on board ISS

French researchers have developed ‘autobiographical memory’ for the Nao robot and this system will help the ISS crew to pass the key information to the next batch.

An astronaut usually spends around six months aboard the ISS (International Space Station) per expedition, though in some exceptional cases the crew members might spend around a year but then eventually they are replaced by new crew members.

On the other hand, a robot does not require to eat or breathe and thus can afford to live easily on the spacecraft and hence it is the only permanent member of ISS.

Researchers from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) have developed a special system known as “autobiographical memory” for the ‘Nao humanoid robot’ which can be used by the ISS crew members to pass on the key information and assist the next batch of astronauts aboard ISS with maintenance and repair procedures.

Autobiographical memory:

Under the present conditions wherein humanoid Robonaut 2 is permanently flying aboard the ISS, it is becoming much more essential for a robot to understand the concept of cooperative behavior so that it can help in the transmission of knowledge to humans.

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