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First humanoid robot in space talks with astronaut, says zero gravity is 'no problem at all'

In this undated photo released by KIBO ROBOT PROJECT in Tokyo Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, the robot, named Kirobo, and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata pose for a photo as they make small talk in Japanese at the International Space Station. The first humanoid robot in space performed its first mission at the space station - holding a series of conversations with Wakata and keeping him company. The talks are part of an experiment testing the robot's autonomous conversation functions. Kirobo is programmed to process questions and select words from its vocabulary to construct an answer, instead of giving pre-programmed responses to specific questions. (AP Photo/KIBO ROBOT PROJECT) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, CREDIT MANDATORY
December 19, 2013 - 9:24 PM

TOKYO - The first humanoid robot in space has performed its first mission at the International Space Station — holding a series of conversations with a Japanese astronaut and keeping him company.

Footage released by its developers showed Kirobo and the commander of the International Space Center, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, exchanging small talk in Japanese.

In one of the first conversations, Wakata says he's glad to meet Kirobo, and asks the robotic companion how he feels about being in a zero-gravity environment.

Kirobo replies, "I'm used to it now, no problem at all."

The talks are part of an experiment testing the robot's autonomous conversation functions.

Kirobo is programmed to process questions and select words from its vocabulary to construct an answer, instead of giving pre-programmed responses to specific questions.

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