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Humanoid communication robot Kirobo is shown 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 humanoid 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 Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., is scheduled to be launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on August 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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