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September 5, 2013
Robot astronaut Kirobo utters first words in space (video)
Last month, as expected, robot astronaut Kirobo uttered the first words spoken by a robot in outer space. Yesterday, via the PR agency that helped sponsor his journey, we found out what he said (translated from Japanese):
“On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all.”
See the video below:
Kirobo’s next milestone is expected to occur when astronaut Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency arrives at the International Space Station to take part in the world’s first outer space “conversation experiment” between a person and a robot. Wakata will arrive in November or December to participate in the initiative, which was designed to explore the dynamics of humans coexisting with robots.
Mike Davin is passionate about business and robotics. In addition to editing The Business of Robotics, he is on the advisory board for the Robotics Alley Conference & Expo. He also serves on the executive committee of AUVSI Twin Cities as communications chair. Before he covered robots, he was senior editor of Boating Industry magazine as well as online editor of its sister publication, Powersports Business.