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June 28 2013

Kirobo the talking robot makes for one very creepy space companion


This August, a consortium of Japanese scientists, engineers and advertising bigwigs will send a talking robot into space. The robot will be named Kirobo, and its mission will be to communicate directly with astronauts onboard the International Space Station.

The moral of this, clearly, is that Japanese consortiums need to watch more films. Rule No1 of almost every science-fiction film ever made is that you should never put a talking robot in space. Never. 2001: A Space Odyssey put a talking robot in space, and it ended up trying to kill everyone.

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