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Jul 19, 2013

Overseas Response “Japan Too Advanced” – Talking Robot Astronaut Astonishes Foreigners

Although not in this article, I have found a comment: “Hurry to revise the Constitution so that I can marry a robot.”

Masatoshi Takeshita
July 12, 2013

English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: Gloom of Pandora – June 29, 2013 –

Overseas Response “Japan Too Advanced” – Talking Robot Astronaut Astonishes Foreigners

The other day the completion of talking robot astronaut “KIROBO” was announced.   Since it has passed all screenings and tests necessary for launching into space, the unmanned cargo transfer vehicle “KOUNOTORI” boarding the robot is scheduled to head into space on August 4.

This robot has been completed as a result of joint development by Tokyo University Advanced Technology Research Center, which had charge of robot body development and motion generation and Toyota, which had charge of providing intelligence to robot with the use of voice-recognition system.
The main mission is “conversation experiment between a robot and humans in space.” It is said that the robot will be able to help humans make experiments in the future.”

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Kirobo: Toyota’s Robot Astronaut Heading for International Space Station

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*Needless to say, even a robot over there is so cute. It’s typical of Japan. +4 U.S.A.

*The robot we sent to Saturn and the robot moving around the ground of Mars may have been insufficient in cuteness. +5 U.S.A.

*Talking robot? Next time it must want the right to vote!!! U.S.A.

*Japan looks ahead of future. I wonder what the U.S. is doing. It does almost nothing but killing each other. U.S.A.

*Research Projects Agency of the U.S. government produces weapons like Terminator, while Japan produces cute robots which make us breakfast, sing, save human life and help the elder. This clearly indicates a difference in culture. +30 U.K.

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