A HAL 9000 for 2021 – A Narrow AI Agent for Managing a Facility

TracLabs has made an artificial intelligence agent that is like a real HAL 9000. It can plan and manage activities for a planetary base and can interact with users through a dialog management system. In experiments, CASE managed a simulated planetary base for about 4 hours. However, the researchers stressed more work is needed before it can run an actual base. It is a very narrow AI. It is focused on events occurring on a planetary base. While it can keep the life support systems running.

TRACLabs has used PRIDE electronic procedure software to automate NASA habitats and studied the effects of procedure automation on human performance. TRACLabs has developed the PRIDE electronic procedure system as a means to create collaborative and interactive routine operating procedures.

The artificial intelligence software that Bonasso and TracLabs have now designed is called the “cognitive architecture for space agents,” or CASE, is composed of three key layers.

1. The first is a continuously running control layer that connects to and runs hardware such as robotic hands and eyes. Specifically, CASE controls a simulation of a planetary base.

2. The second layer carries out procedures underlying routine activities. These include connecting power to batteries, controlling oxygen-generation and carbon-dioxide-removal systems, and charging and sending rovers to retrieve samples of planetary rock.

3. consists of automatic planning software that decides how to achieve CASE’s programmed goals for the day and the order in which to perform them. It can also automatically reschedule activities when problems arise, such as gas leaks, broken motors or planetary dust storms, Bonasso said.

Science – A HAL 9000 for 2021


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