The conversation took place on board the International Space Station between Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and Kirobo, a foot-tall robot that encompasses the latest advancements in voice-recognition software achieved by Toyota. We can only (but would rather not) imagine what practical applications this might have in the future, but for now, you can watch the landmark event unfold in the video below.
Watch the Robot Astronaut Kirobo make history as the first robot to have a conversation in space. Kirobo spoke with human Astronaut Wakata on Dec. 6, 2013 at the International Space Station. Kirobo is one of two humanoid robots developed under the Kibo Robot Project, a collaborative research effort.
Robot Astronaut Kirobo and astronaut Koichi Wakata made history when they had a conversation on the International Space Station on Dec. 6, 2013. The conversation was the first of its kind between a human and a robot in outer space.
Kirobo arrived at the space station in early August. The pint-sized robot is equipped with voice-recognition software from Toyota.
To see what they talked about, check out the footage of their chat.