Japan conversation robot ready for outer space

Associated Press
Japan conversation robot ready for outer space

Humanoid communication robot Kirobo, left, talks with Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager from Toyota Motor Corp., during a press unveiling in Tokyo Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The world’s first space conversation experiment between a robot and humans is ready to be launched. Developers from the Kirobo project, named after “kibo” or hope in Japanese and “robot,” gathered to demonstrate the humanoid robot’s ability to talk. Kirobo, jointly developed by advertising and PR company Dentsu Inc., Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage Co. and Toyota., is scheduled to be launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on August 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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