Japan temple puts faith in robot priest

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We like to say ‘Make Robot Friend,’ well what about ‘Make Robot Priest?’ This Japanese temple is trying to fortify Budhism for a Cyber-Punk future.

Via TechXplore:

The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at Kodaiji temple in Kyoto, and its human colleagues predict that with artificial intelligence it could one day acquire unlimited wisdom.

“This robot will never die, it will just keep updating itself and evolving,” priest Tensho Goto told AFP.

“That’s the beauty of a robot. It can store knowledge forever and limitlessly.

“With AI we hope it will grow in wisdom to help people overcome even the most difficult troubles. It’s changing Buddhism,” added Goto.

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