Japan robot chats with astronaut on space station

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FILE - In this June 26, 2013 file photo, humanoid communication robots, Kirobo, left, and Mirata 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. Kirobo, the first humanoid robot in space, performed its first mission at the International Space Station - holding a series of conversations with Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata and keeping him company, footage released by its developer Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. 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/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)