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Conversation robot ready for outer space

26 June 2013, 15:22

Tokyo – 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 in Tokyo on Wednesday to demonstrate the 34cm tall robot's ability to talk.

They hope robots like Kirobo that can hold conversations will eventually be used to assist astronauts working in space.

When a developer asked Kirobo what its dream was, the robot said it wanted to create a future where humans and robots live together and get along.

Kirobo is scheduled to be launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre on 4 August.

The project was jointly run by organisations including Dentsu, the University of Tokyo, and Toyota.

- AP

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