nasa-ames.jpgNew Scientist reports that NASA’s Ames Research Center is behind a voice-operated computer assistant, called “Clarissa,” set to be used in space for the first time on Monday. (Picture via New Scientist, via Nasa Ames)

Its operators hope Clarissa proves more reliable than “HAL”, the computer who turned on humans in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”:

Called Clarissa, the program will initially talk astronauts on the International Space Station through tests of onboard water supplies. But its developers hope it will eventually be used for all computer-related work on the station.