Laid up in bed so missed my deadline for yesterday!! But here it is, the dawn of a new age ………..
|Kirobo is sent,
friend for Kochi Wataka,
alone up in space.
On earth twin Mirata says
“it’s one small step for robots”.
We first met Robby
Enter the androids.
Kirobo is sent.
I, Kirobo, robot hope.
3rd August 2013 – headline from the BBC
Notes: “Kirobo is world’s first talking robot sent into space.” Japan has launched the world’s first talking robot into space to serve as companion to astronaut Kochi Wakata who will begin his mission in November. Measuring 34cm (13 inches), Kirobo is due to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) on 9 August. It is part of a study to see how machines can lend emotional support to people isolated over long periods. Kirobo’s name derives from the Japanese words for “hope” and “robot”. Kirobo has a twin robot on Earth called Mirata, which will monitor any problems its electronic counterpart may experience in space.
- Talking robot takes off for International Space Station (theguardian.com)