Valve's GLaDOS Joins NASA To Teach Real-World Science

Valve's GLaDOS Joins NASA To Teach Real-World Science

NASA has teamed up with GLaDOS to explain the difference between fusion and fission, neither of which the notorious AI would ever dream of using to impose her vision of machine utopia on the planet.

Fusion. Fission. Do you know the difference? I don't. I know that both have roles to play in apocalyptic nuclear kablooie, but beyond that, well, let's just say that science was never really my thing.

But rogue AI temptresses? That's most definitely my thing, and so it is that I actually paid attention to this brief science lesson taught by none other than GLaDOS, the notorious and slightly imbalanced machine intelligence that made Portal so interesting. Through a strange twist of fate, GLaDOS finds itself (herself?) being installed at NASA, giving her (it?) an opportunity to demonstrate its utter benevolence, harmlessness and total lack of evil intent. GLaDOS loves you.

The video was produced by the education and public outreach department of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, part of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Valve doesn't appear to have been involved in the production, although it does get a note of thanks in the credits, and the voice actor is in fact Ellen McLain, the "real" GLaDOS.

It's a little bit cheesy in spots, as educational materials almost inevitably are, but McLain is dead-on and the computer techs are doing their best. There are a few genuinely laugh-out-loud moments, too, and most important of all it presents real science in an accessible and entertaining manner. I'd call that a win.

Source: Spitzer Space Telescope

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Man, where has GlaDOS been when I almost failed physics in eighth grade?

Pretty good. I liked it. And it was one of the few things that I think can truly be called edu-tainment.

Well, when someone asks about Fission and Fusion, I can just link to this video. Yay.

Well of course. She's got experiments to run, there is research to be done, on the people who are still alive.

Racecarlock:
Well of course. She's got experiments to run, there is research to be done, on the people who are still alive.

Under the circumstances she has been shockingly nice

Im wondering if the choice of orange jumpsuit for the RL actors was deliberate

Hahahahaaha!! That ending....

I'm really happy about seeing GLaDOS getting the loving she deserves. First Pacific Rim and now this? Oh and that short map where a girlfriend plays it through until she sees at the end that the boyfriend wants to marry her. The endless possibilities for this character is truly awesome.

Caramel Frappe:
Hahahahaaha!! That ending....

I'm really happy about seeing GLaDOS getting the loving she deserves. First Pacific Rim and now this? Oh and that short map where a girlfriend plays it through until she sees at the end that the boyfriend wants to marry her. The endless possibilities for this character is truly awesome.

Ellen McLain is awesome. She's also married to the guy who voices the Sniper in TF2. How's that for an odd couple?

The Rogue Wolf:

Caramel Frappe:
Hahahahaaha!! That ending....

I'm really happy about seeing GLaDOS getting the loving she deserves. First Pacific Rim and now this? Oh and that short map where a girlfriend plays it through until she sees at the end that the boyfriend wants to marry her. The endless possibilities for this character is truly awesome.

Ellen McLain is awesome. She's also married to the guy who voices the Sniper in TF2. How's that for an odd couple?

[GLaDOS Voice] oh you wont stop piling up jars of piss in the bedroom? fine i guess ill start piling up canisters of deadly neurotoxin, and i wont bother to seal them [/GLaDOS Voice]

I guess Polaroid cameras have the storage space necessary for an A.I. core. Who knew?

I love that she's credited as what acronyms out to "N.O.T.G.L.A.D.O.S".

Glad to see that NASA keeps 5 inch floppy drives around.......just in case. I have one somewhere......collecting dust. It's probably under my old 3 inch drive.....also collecting dust.

 

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