Humanoid communication robots, Kirobo, bottom left, and Mirata, bottom right, are held by Tomotaka Takahashi, left, CEO of Robo Garage Co. and project associate professor from the Unive

 

              Humanoid communication robots, Kirobo, bottom left, and Mirata, bottom right, are held by Tomotaka Takahashi, left, CEO of Robo Garage Co. and project associate professor from the Unive
Humanoid communication robots, Kirobo, bottom left, and Mirata, bottom right, are held by Tomotaka Takahashi, left, CEO of Robo Garage Co. and project associate professor from the University of Tokyo, and Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager from Toyota Motor Corp., during a press unveiling in Tokyo Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The world’s first space conversation experiment between a robot and humans is ready to be launched. Developers from the Kirobo project, named after “kibo” or hope in Japanese and “robot,” gathered to demonstrate the robot’s ability to talk. Kirobo, jointly developed by advertising and PR company Dentsu Inc., Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage and Toyota., is scheduled to be launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on August 4, 2013. Kirobo's land-based counterpart Mirata is not designed to go into outer space but has the ability to learn through conversations it has. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)