Skip to comments.Japanese scientists develop humanoid to keep astronauts company
Posted on 12/02/2012 4:10:02 PM PST by null and void
Astronaut Koichi Wakata and an artist's impression of the robot Photo: EPA
The 13-inch android is scheduled to be completed by next summer and will be sent to the orbiting ISS shortly before astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives, according to officials of the Kibo Robot Project.
Currently being developed by a consortium of companies, including Toyota, Robo Garage Co. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the robot will weigh around 2.2lbs and be able to recognise Wakata's facial features.
It will then have the ability to communicate with the astronaut in Japanese and take photographs during their stay on the space station.
A second android will be developed at the same time to serve as a backup and to demonstrate the device's capabilities to audiences here on Earth.
In a statement, the organisers said the robot will be designed to "help solve social problems through communication".
"The main objective is that humans can talk to it and feel some sort of closeness to it," the developers said. "That is why we decided to give it a humanoid shape."
Through the project's web page http://kibo-robo.jp/en/ organisers are calling on members of the public to give the robot a name before it is sent on its mission.
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I’m surprised nobody has mention the pleasure units from Blade Runner.
If I had to travel in space for two years I would rather be connected to a virtual realty program that would allow my dreams to have substance, sure a physical object would something handy to keep around, sort of like a fancy digital torque wrench from Snapon that interfaces through your Android phone.
If I had to travel in space for two years I would rather be connected to a virtual reality program that would allow my dreams to have substance, sure a physical object would something handy to keep around, sort of like a fancy digital torque wrench from Snapon that interfaces through your Android phone.
Maybe it's just me, but I don't really see the utility in a robot that speaks Japanese.
On a more serious note, I wonder that the Japanese don't seem as affected by the uncanny valley as Westerners. I've always found dolls and mannekins incredibly creepy; when they're animated, the creepiness goes up a few fold. Yet I see Japanese crowding around these ghastly things as if they were as cute and cuddly as little bunnies. How humanlike will this robot be, in the end?
How long does it take to inflate?
Is his nick name "Chuckie" ?
The Japanese have indeed created sex doll robots of the highest quality, but it will be the Chinese that will duplicate a human, a fish, a snake or a bird. In the quasi reality of Blade Runner the planet will be full of replicants.
And some will desire to be even more human.
Now if I really had my choice I would have a re-programmed Terminatrix from Skynet labs. Change her face, her body, her voice, the possibilities are endless.
“I’m sorry, Dave...”
well there ya go. get it interactive and you’ve got cherry 2000.
My first thought was it would turn out to be Marvin the Paranoid Android, but I’m glad someone on this remembered Quark!
Wow this became about sex fast! I was thinking C3PO only a little less melodramatic and pessimistic. If the Japanese get around to full sized humanoid `droids` I want one that cooks,drives and does housework.
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