Aug 20, 11:45 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Rohit R Nair 08/20/19 AT 11:44 AM An android, or a humanoid robot, has been preaching wisdom at a 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Japan for some time now. While it has received positive response from the Japanese, many westerners say the robot reminds them of Frankenstein’s monster.The Koda-Ji temple in Kyoto added a robot priest to recite Buddhist preaching and scriptures, in a bid to appeal to younger worshippers. The temple partnered with the robotics team at Osaka University and unveiled the $1 million humanoid, “Mindar,” earlier this year.The 6-foot tall silicon-and-aluminium robot is designed after the Buddhist deity of mercy, Kannon. It recites the well-known Japanese scripture “Heart Sutra” in Japanese, whose English and Chinese translations are projected for tourists on a screen.While the Terminator-esque robot, which preaches things like “Worldly desires are nothing other than a mind lost at sea,” has gained positive responses from the Japanese crowd, the Westerners have not been very welcoming of Mindar. Tensh Goto, the chief monk at the temple, said that the Westerners compared the robot to “Frankenstein’s monster.””It could be the influence of the Bible, but Westerners have compared… Read full this story
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