NASA has found an unlikely partner in the form of the evil AI that is GLaDOS from the Portal franchise of video games.
It’s all part of a public outreach and STEM education effort on behalf of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The little video officially focuses on addressing Next Generation Science Standards, PS1.C: Nuclear Processes, but for the layperson, it explains the difference between fusion and fission.
To make it a little bit more interesting, instead of a smartypants science type in a labcoat trying to explain the difference, they’ve got a smartypants evil AI. GLaDOS, voiced by actress Ellen McLain, uses her sarcasm and wit to explain to two NASA employees the difference between fusion and fission, and promises she has no intention of killing us all.
Yeah, and if you believe that one, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.