We have seen the face of our future robotic overlords, and it's adorable. Meet Kirobo, the voice recognition bot by Toyota. The automaker built the little machine to take part in the world's first "human-robot conversation experiment" in space. Kirobo will launch from the Tanegashima Space Center and meet up with the International Space Station, where it will chat with Commander Koichi Wakata. Now, we aren't entirely sure why this experiment needs to take place in zero gravity, but far be it from us to stand between robots and science.

Of course, it's hard to mention robots and outer space without thinking of the Honda ASIMO and the machine's space suit aesthetics. General Motors has also sent a robot of its own into orbit. The company's Robonaut 2 was designed to help astronauts out during space walks. Sure, that's handy but can it warm their souls like Kirobo? We think not. Check out the video below.


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      @NIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait so, Gundam?
      czwegers
      • 1 Year Ago
      Neat robot, but this is not a technology anyone needs. Why do people think they need devices to make them happy? Just be happy with yourself!
      jpkaal
      • 1 Year Ago
      A cute HAL 9000....
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like him better in silver when he was designed like 40 years ago. http://www.geocities.ws/buckrogers_nz/images/twiki_wallpaper1024.jpg
      pinstar55
      • 1 Year Ago
      "I want to help create a world where humans and robots can live together". I sense trouble!
      Jeff-ray
      • 1 Year Ago
      He's a little creepy, but I suppose the day is coming. Also, in answer to Hek, you wouldn't be posting to a blog without space travel.
        Hek!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jeff-ray
        Maybe you should read my other posts guy.
      The Deviancy Cabal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I looked at the picture, saw the control cable & my first thought was "Is that a sword?"
      Meh...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mega man?
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