/CHART-ing the future of space exploration

CHART-ing the future of space exploration

Key idea: Arizona State University (ASU) researchers are helping people, robots and AI collaborate more safely, effectively

Original author and publication date: ASU News- April 27, 2022

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: As current events indicate, we are having trouble collaborating with each other. How, then, will we be collaborating with robots?

From the article:

Think back on your all-time favorite space exploration movies — from “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” to “Interstellar” and “Aliens” — and chances are you’ll discover an all-star lineup of best supporting actors who are robots. Some are trustworthy, helpful companions like R2-D2 and C-3PO in “Star Wars” while others are wickedly deceitful robots, such as Ash and David in the “Alien” movies.

Regardless of whether humans view robots as trustworthy, deceitful or even dangerous, one fact remains the same: The future of space exploration rests on successful partnership between humans and intelligent machines.

Robots are built to accomplish things that would be impossible, dangerous or costly for humans to do. Robots can survive in space for many years without a return trip, cutting space exploration costs. Robots can also withstand harsh conditions that people cannot, like extreme temperatures or high radiation. Plus, sending robots to explore space reduces risks to human life — if a robotic mission fails, the humans involved with the mission stay safe.

You don’t need to leave the Earth to glimpse the future of humans, robots and artificial intelligence teaming up for space exploration missions.

The General Human Operation of Systems as Teams (GHOST) Lab at Arizona State University is a new scientific test bed that is also an art installation. Researchers in the lab examine people’s ability to work with robots and AI in scenarios such as a life-threatening meteor strike on a lunar colony.

It’s also open to the community during public events such as ASU Open Door, as well as to visiting stakeholders, such as external robotics and AI experts and other people from industry, government and funding agencies.

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