A flying robot from IBM and Airbus made an appearance on the ISS. The main goal of the flying ball with a painted face on the front is to help astronauts to carry out repairs when their hands are busy. Of course, this is not all that can be equipped with the artificial intelligence known as CIMON. He also knows how to conduct medical procedures, find the right information in the database, work as a flying camera, and can be an excellent voice assistant. CIMON “trained” on a team of astronauts including Alexander Gerst who, among other things, will conduct experiments with crystals and solve a Rubik’s cube along with the robot. During this flight CIMON’s creators are planning to find out the usefulness of such a robot on board and also to learn what new tasks can extend the functionality of the flying assistant.


Unmanned vehicles are becoming increasingly popular not only for personal use, but for various kinds of deliveries. Kroger, one of the largest supermarket chains in America, together with Nuro, a start-up that develops unmanned cargo vans for delivery of various products and goods, has launched a food delivery service in the U.S. Small robotic wagons make deliveries for those who order food from the connected companies. While the service is still at the testing stage, a driver will be present in the van who can take control of the vehicle in the event of a malfunction of artificial intelligence or the occurrence of an emergency incident. To pick up food, the buyer will need to enter the code received in the application when paying for the order in the van panel. However, Kroger and Nuro have not specified the cost of delivery in this way.


In the Chinese city of Guangzhou, the internet court has recognized that data and documents that are stored with the help of blockchain technology, to be equal to paper documents which certified by a notary. The court case was triggered by the Chinese media company Huatai Yimei and copyright law. The company registered their copyright on the blockchain resource baoquan.com. In the blockchain Huatai Yimei recorded all the information about images, source codes, and certificates. The internet court recognized the data stored in the blockchain as legitimate testimony against an unnamed IT company.