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How can Artificially Intelligent chatbots imitating people be used to alleviate loneliness in astronauts going to Mars?


  • Vedansh Gupta BASIS Chandler



AI, Mental Health, Space


Astronauts going to Mars may experience some form of loneliness, a serious mental health issue that could risk mission success. Recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology have led to more sophisticated chatbots and language modeling programs, making them potential solutions to astronauts’ loneliness. The chatbots could be used by astronauts while they are in space, giving them more companions to talk to in real time, possibly reducing loneliness. The chatbots could imitate a character or person that the astronaut likes to make the conversation more enjoyable. In this paper, 3 chatbots were compared (ChatGPT, Bing Chat, Google Bard) to determine how effective they were in imitating the characters Luke Skywalker, Sherlock Holmes, and Iron Man/Tony Stark. Each bot was asked 4 questions for which their responses were evaluated using a rubric scored from 0-10. The responses were scored by the author and a colleague with an average being taken. ChatGPT had the highest overall score mostly due to its high degree of accuracy to the canon of the character and being easy to use.


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