Can this US$1 million robot revive Buddhism? Japan temple puts faith in Mindar the priest ~ South China Morning Post

The Kodaiji temple in Kyoto introduced the adult-sized robot in an attempt to connect with younger generations

Priests hope that with artificial intelligence the robot could acquire unlimited wisdom

Android robot Mindar. Photo: AFP
A 400-year-old temple in Japanis attempting to hot-wire interest in Buddhism with a robotic priest it believes will change the face of the religion – despite critics comparing the android to “Frankenstein’s monster”.

The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at Kodaiji temple in Kyoto.

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,” said priest Tensho Goto. “That’s the beauty of a robot. It can store knowledge forever and limitlessly.

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