Alexa Goes Where No Voice Assistant Has Before –

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Jan 8, 2022, 4: 04 pm EST
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Now that man has been to space, it’s (apparently) time to send up our voice assistants. Who will be the first to make that huge leap? Amazon’s Alexa will be a part of Artemis I, a series of upcoming 2022 NASA missions that will land the first person of color and the first woman on the moon.

More specifically, Alexa will be part of a technology demonstration payload called Callisto and embedded directly into NASA’s Orion spacecraft. It will enable astronauts to access AI onboard to help them with tasks and provide companionship in a manner similar to the way we interact with voice assistants at work.

Amazon’s press release states, “Although the first mission is uncrewed, Artemis I is an important step that will allow NASA and others in the industry to test technology that could be used in subsequent crewed missions to the Moon and other deep space destinations. Alexa is one of many new, innovative technologies that will be tested as part of Artemis I, and the integration will help those involved explore how ambient intelligence can assist astronauts on future missions.”

It also says that, on the ship, “Alexa will be able to access real-time telemetry data and respond to thousands of mission-specific questions on board Orion, including questions like ‘Alexa, how fast is Orion traveling?’ or ‘Alexa, what’s the temperature in the cabin?’ Alexa will even process requests to control connected devices on board the spacecraft, starting with in-cabin lighting.”

And, of course Alexa will continue to have access to Earth-bound communications, which will allow future astronauts to keep in touch during their missions. Adding a voice assistant to a space shuttle seems like an obvious choice (just look at all of the sci-fi media out there with similar technology, like Star Trek, for example), but it’s also a smart one. It could make it easier for astronauts and help them get information faster.

If you have an Alexa-enabled phone, you can view a preview of the mission or set reminders for milestones. All you need to do is say, “Alexa, take me to the moon.”

Source: Amazon via Nerdist

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