Has This EVER Ended Well?

Japanese scientists are developing a humanoid robot designed to converse with astronauts to keep them company aboard the International Space Station.

Please tell me they’re not going to name him HAL.

[Anyway, go ahead and start listing “Robots in space ends badly” movies/books/TV/etc. in the comments]

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  1. “Japanese scientists are developing a humanoid robot designed to converse with astronauts to keep them company aboard the International Space Station. ”

    Ummmmm…Aren’t there other humans there ??! What? Is this just so they don’t miss being ignored by someone who is in the same room with you, and you while they use their electronics?

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  2. First they added a vibrating “wrench” to the toolkit. Now they want astronauts to be “kept company.” Welcome to the feminization of space. That probably explains why instead of having a base on the dark side of the moon as our launching point to the stars, we’re satisfied with a tinker toy in high orbit.

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  3. Welcome to the auto-answering robot. If you require oxygen, press 1 now. If aliens are invading, press 2 now. If the ship is suffering structural damage, press 3 now. To speak to a scientist at anytime, press 0 at any time…

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  4. “We now present: Tamagotchibot! It will keep astronauts company on long journeys.”

    “How does it do that.”

    “See those three buttons on front? You have to push them every so often to keep it amused.”

    “What happens when the robot is not amused? [Pause] Uh, forget I asked that.”

    “Not to worry. It won’t go Yul Brynnerbot on any one. Honest.”

    “And you’ve tested this to make sure?”

    “As a matter of fact, we’re sending a prototype to a nice quiet isolated research facility for testing.”

    “Which one?”

    “Saturn 3.”

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  5. Its ended well many times. The Iron Giant saved a small New England town from destruction, Robbie the robot made Whiskey on Forbidden Planet ( and was unfairly suspected of being the Ego Monster from the ID), and continually saved or warned Will Robinson on Lost in Space. And then you have Commander Data on Star Trek: Next Generation. Oh wait, forget it, It really rarely ends well does it?

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