“That’s one small step for me but a giant leap for robot kind!” says the cute little robot Kirobo.
He was demonstrated last Wednesday in Tokyo and a great journey awaits this little fellow.
Kirobo will be the first android astronaut in space!
Kirobo’s design has been inspired from the Japanese manga character Astro Boy and he is named after a combination of the Japanese word kibo, or “hope”, and the word “robot”.
Just like humans, he has been prepared in a lot of tests like zero gravity, simulations and safety tests. He is designed to be a communicative robot and he will be sent to space in order to become a chatting partner to the austronat Koichi Wakata at the space station ISS.
This very sympathetic and kind artificial intelligence has been developed by the University of Tokyo, Toyota, and Dentsu Inc. Their objective is to create a robot that fulfills humans needs in conversations, to be listened to, and not just give fixed answers. Among else, Toyota focus on language processing and voice recognition systems and hope that this project will become valuable in their work with so called partner robots.
Kirobo’s journey start this summer and his dream is to create a world where robots and humans can live together. He’s programmed to recognize Wakata when they meet in Space and I hope it will be a happy reunion.
Lets hope they both get a safe journey. Live long an prosper, Kirobo!
Categories: Japanese inventions