Space Station Astronaut Chats With A Robot

TOKYO (December 20, 2013) The first humanoid robot in space has performed its first mission at the International Space Station, engaging in a series of conversations with a Japanese astronaut.

Footage released by the developers showed Kirobo the robot and the commander of the International Space Center, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, engaging in small talk in Japanese.

In one of the first conversations, Wakata said he was glad to meet Kirobo, and asked the robot how it feels about being in a zero-gravity environment.

Kirobo replied, "I'm used to it now, no problem at all."

The talks are part of an experiment testing the robot's autonomous conversation functions.

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.

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