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Toyota robot speaks from space

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

Auto manufacturers have long used robots in car production on the assembly line, but Toyota has recently put a humanoid communication robot in another vehicle -- the International Space Station. The robot astronaut Kirobo became the first robot to speak in outer space, saying "On Aug. 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all."

The words were the first step in a project created to explore humans coexisting with robots in the future. Later this year, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese Commander of the International Space Station, will arrive on board and will participate in the world's first conversation held between a person and a robot in outer space.
car-blog-Toyota-SpaceRobotTara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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October 03, 2013 at 4:57 pm

@Robert Starnes, really quoting the bible just because of a talking spacte robot? now if they could get robots cheap enough to have one in each home, maybe you could have one read the bible to you Robert.

October 03, 2013 at 1:14 pm

And here I thought it was going to be "Obama suxs".

Robert Starnes
October 03, 2013 at 6:58 am

If you are a bible student,{King James Version},this shouldn,t surprise you. The Bible says that in the end times of the world that the antichrist, the man of sin, will build a great statue of himself to cause all people living in the world at that time to worship him. And it {the statue}, will speak whatever the antichrist wants it to.

October 01, 2013 at 11:11 am

A Robot in space, is this the beginning of Star Trek Data?
I hope this Robot is going to be as smart as Data, and not just a desk paper weight.

Betty Emery
September 29, 2013 at 8:10 am

2010 Mercury Milan AWD second set of tires purchased two yrs ago, less than 13,000 miles. Current less than 26,000 miles, back tires are slicks again! Tires have been rotated!! Is anyone else experiencing this? The option to turn the awd off, I turn it off unless the pavement is wet and/or slick.

sylvia capehart
September 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I have a sienna LE Van that I purchase June of 2004 and I regret
the day I did buy it in all my life is the worst car I every had
a couple of months ago this van almost run over ran over a man while it was turn off in park the gear stick stuck in drive it was broken the little plastic wear out.

And that should never happen these thing as a person life when you are behind the wheel and this is not the only problem I had thru the years never again would I make such a mistake.