First humanoid robot in space chats with astronaut

Mon Dec 23 2013, 12:32 hrs
Humanoid robot Kirobo talks with Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager from Toyota Motor Corp., during a press unveiling in Tokyo. Kirobo, the first humanoid robot in space, performed its first mission at the International Space Station. (AP)
Humanoid robot Kirobo talks with Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager from Toyota Motor Corp., during a press unveiling in Tokyo. Kirobo, the first humanoid robot in space, performed its first mission at the International Space Station. (AP)
Humanoid communication robots, Kirobo, left, and Mirata are held by Tomotaka Takahashi, left, CEO of Robo Garage Co. and project associate professor from the University of Tokyo, and Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager from Toyota Motor Corp., during a press unveiling in Tokyo. (AP)
Humanoid communication robots, Kirobo, left, and Mirata are held by Tomotaka Takahashi, left, CEO of Robo Garage Co. and project associate professor from the University of Tokyo, and Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager from Toyota Motor Corp., during a press unveiling in Tokyo. (AP)
Robot, named Kirobo, and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata pose for a photo as they make small talk in Japanese at the International Space Station (AP)
Robot, named Kirobo, and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata pose for a photo as they make small talk in Japanese at the International Space Station (AP)
The first humanoid robot in space performed its first mission at the space station - holding a series of conversations with Wakata and keeping him company. The talks are part of an experiment testing the robot's autonomous conversation functions. (AP)
The first humanoid robot in space performed its first mission at the space station - holding a series of conversations with Wakata and keeping him company. The talks are part of an experiment testing the robot's autonomous conversation functions. (AP)
Kirobo is programmed to process questions and select words from its vocabulary to construct an answer, instead of giving pre-programmed responses to specific questions. (AP)
Kirobo is programmed to process questions and select words from its vocabulary to construct an answer, instead of giving pre-programmed responses to specific questions. (AP)