PanOrient News reports that “The Japan-made robot astronaut Kirobo has become the first robot to speak in outer space, saying, ‘On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all’. Kibo Robot Project is a joint research project carried out between Dentsu Inc., the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), Robo Garage Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) also provided extensive assistance. JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station (ISS), is expected to arrive at his post in November or December this year. He will then take part in the world’s first conversation held between a person and a robot in outer space, an initiative designed to explore the possibilities of humans coexisting with robots in the future.” Read more