The world's very first conversation experiment between a robot and humans is in a position to be launched. Developments for the Kirobo development called after "Kibo" or simply hope in Japanese and "robot," gathered in Tokyo at to show the humanoid robots speak. "Russia was the first to go to outer space, the United States was the first to go to the moon, then we wish Japan to be the first to send a robot-astronaut to outer space which has the ability to communicate with humans, " said Yorichika Nishijima, the Kirobo project manager.
The test is a partnership between promotion and PR company Dentsu Inc., the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage and Toyota Motor Corp. Tomotaka Takahashi, Chief executive officer of Robo Garage Co. and associate professor at the University of Tokyo, said he hopes robots like Kirobo that hold conversations will eventually be used to assist astronauts working in space. "When people think of robots in outer space, they tend to seek ones that do things physically," stated Takahashi. "But I think there is something that could come from focusing on humanoid robots that focus on communication."
Due to the fact that Kirobo will not require carrying out physical activities, it is really small compared to the majority of robots that get deep into. Kirobo is around 34 centimeters in height (13 inches) and weighs in approximately 1 kilogram (2 .2 pounds). The land-based counterpart Mirata seems to be almost precisely the same however is not made to go into outer space. Rather, it offers the ability to know by means of the conversations it has.
At the time of the demonstration, Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager from Toyota, asked Kirobo what its dream was. "I want to create a future where humans and robots can live together and get along," it answered. Kirobo is scheduled to be launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on August 4, 2013.