In theory it sounded great. Build a talking robot (name = Kirobo) to keep a Japanese astronaut company on the International Space Station. Read about it here on BBC News .
But onlookers aren't sure things will work out as planned. The problem? Kirobo's big mouth. It talks too much. Like constantly. It just will not shut up. Built to talk, it has exceeded expectations.
The astronaut Kirobo is supposed to "partner" with (he's still on earth) has observed, using special equipment, the talking robot in space. He's appalled. The astronaut is not looking forward to the partnership. He's complained: "Talk, talk, talk -- I tell you, it's worse than a wife. One of the reasons I'm leaving for space is to get away from the wife's incessant yakking. Talk about going from the frying pan to the fire!"
"What we have here," he said, "is the personification of that 1960 song You Talk Too Much, written by Joe Jones and Reginald Hall and recorded by Joe Jones." The astronaut has suggested that the song could have been written as an ode to Kirobo.
When the astronaut reaches space, he's told friends, he's really looking forward to taking some spacewalks. A chance to dump his noisy "partner."
Not so fast. We have it on good authority that Kirobo is working on the technology to enable it to accompany the astronaut on his spacewalks. "I don't want him to be lonely," Kirobo has confided to a reporter at TheSpoof.com, continuing, "My mission is to keep him entertained, and that's what I definitely plan to do."