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7/18/2013

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Toyota's 13-inch-tall Kirobo communications robot will travel to the International Space Station in August. There, it will use voice recognition and natural language processing to engage in conversations with astronaut Koichi Wakata.  (Source: Toyota)
Toyota’s 13-inch-tall Kirobo communications robot will travel to the International Space Station in August. There, it will use voice recognition and natural language processing to engage in conversations with astronaut Koichi Wakata.
(Source: Toyota)

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apresher
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apresher   7/18/2013 3:55:08 PM
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I'm not sure how much the robot design adds if the goal is being sympathetic or kind as they speak to a person. Interesting approach.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/18/2013 1:22:56 PM
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That *is* funny, Lou. This robot doesn't have enough brains, let alone self-awareness, to even conceive of the idea. We're a very long way from sentient machines.

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Charles Murray   7/18/2013 10:32:31 AM
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Your idea of this 13-inch-tall robot taking over the ISS sounds like something out of a Mel Brooks comedy, naperlou.

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naperlou   7/18/2013 9:01:55 AM
Chuck, doesn't this remind you of C3PO from Star Wars?  Isn't this scary?  What if the robot tried to take over the ISS?  There was no mention of the three laws of robotics.  Is there a fail-safe mode?

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