During his visit to Japan, at the Tokyo Miraikan Science Expo, President Barack Obama had a brief encounter with Honda’s humanoid robot ASIMO, The Wall Street Journal reports.ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, took a bow and then passed a soccer ball to the President, who said the robot’s soccer skills were “pretty impressive”.
President Barack Obama kicks a ball passed to him by a robot named ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, as he attends a youth science event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as the Miraikan, in Tokyo, Thursday, April 24, 2014. At right is Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mohri, and director of the Museum.
Though he seemingly enjoyed a little chat (in English) with ASIMO, Obama later said the androids at the Expo were a bit “too lifelike” and “a little scary” for his taste.
Speaking to students, the President also remarked on the importance of science and math programs, both in Japan and the U.S. “Young people like you have more technology and more power than even the greatest innovators of previous generations, so there is no limit to what you can achieve,” he said.