NASA and General Motors have announced a new space robot, called Robonaut 2, or R2 for short (The name "Desperately Hoping to be Relevant via Outdated Pop Culture References," or RHROPCR, was apparently rejected for being too long.)
"Our challenge today is to build machines that can help humans work and explore in space," Mike Coats, director of the Johnson Space Center, said. "Working side by side with humans, or going where the risks are too great for people, machines like Robonaut will expand our capability for construction and discovery."
Seriously, what could possibly go wrong with the creation of a very human-looking super-robot designed to interact with astronauts in the harsh environment of space?
If Hollywood has taught us anything, it's that robots always perform perfectly. Especially in space, Dave.
Of course, maybe NASA plans on using the robots as early warning systems for the humans on the mission. This will require a policy change whereby all astronauts are named "Will Robinson."
You're SOL if your name is, say, Neil Armstrong and there's a moon creature sneaking up behind you.
To be honest, the new NASA/GM robot doesn't look a whole lot different from this guy, who starred in The Dullest Movie Trailer Ever, or something like that.
So if you hear "Klaatu barada niktu," put down the guns.
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