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Talking robot heads to space station

Posted on Sunday, 4 August, 2013 | Comment icon 8 comments


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A talking humanoid robot has blasted off on board the unmanned Konotori 4 space cargo transporter.

The unique robot is designed as an experimental social companion to astronaut Koichi Wakata who is already aboard the International Space Station. Known as Kiribo, the 34cm tall robot is capable of communicating in Japanese, recording conversations, relaying messages from mission control and is able to exhibit a wide range of physical motions.

Kiribo's primary goal is to see how a robotic companion can provide emotional support to astronauts during a long mission in space. A precursor to the Artificial Intelligence HAL in "2001: A Space Odyssey", research of this kind could one day provide astronauts with a fully responsive robotic assistant that can perform tasks, record information and offer social companionship.

"The first talking humanoid robot, Kirobo, has taken off from a Japanese space centre for the International Space Station."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Sormac on 4 August, 2013, 11:42
I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Comment icon #2 Posted by imagestic on 4 August, 2013, 13:33
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do, I'm half crazy all for the love of you. It won't be a stylish marriage, I can't afford a carriage, But you'd look sweet upon the seat Of a bicycle built for two.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 4 August, 2013, 15:57
My first thoughts were "OK, this is just plain weird" But I guess humanoid robots are in our future, so, OK then.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado on 4 August, 2013, 22:09
I hope he' like Marvin, the paranoid android.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Zaphod222 on 5 August, 2013, 4:42
LOL, yeah, as some other posters have noted, for real long and lonely journeys, they will have to design a _female_ robot companion.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Taun on 5 August, 2013, 12:17
LOL, yeah, as some other posters have noted, for real long and lonely journeys, they will have to design a _female_ robot companion. Galaxina... Of course remember that some Japanese are known for marrying video game figures, dolls and photographs....
Comment icon #7 Posted by Timonthy on 5 August, 2013, 13:23
LOL, yeah, as some other posters have noted, for real long and lonely journeys, they will have to design a _female_ robot companion. Pretty sure the Japanese are developing this tech. I'm sure it's for the benefit of all mankind...
Comment icon #8 Posted by MJNYC on 5 August, 2013, 17:58
They should have named him Hal and his female companion, Daisy


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