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Vedansh Gupta

Class of 2025Chandler, Arizona


Hello! My name is Vedansh Gupta and my Polygence project is on using Artificial Intelligence to alleviate loneliness in astronauts going to Mars. I chose to work on this project because I like space and space technology and am fascinated by artificial intelligence. After my project is complete, I would like to present it and possibly publish it somewhere.


  • "Could Artificial Intelligence be used to alleviate loneliness in astronauts going to Mars?" with mentor Hannah (Aug. 11, 2023)

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Could Artificial Intelligence be used to alleviate loneliness in astronauts going to Mars?

Started May 19, 2023

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Astronauts going to Mars may experience some form of loneliness, a serious mental health issue that could risk mission success. Recent advancements in 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.