And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. Revelation 13:15
A 400-year-old temple in Kyoto, Japan has installed a human-like robot to deliver the teachings of Buddha to worshipers. Foreigners are reportedly appalled, but the temple’s chief steward says that he hopes the robot will be the first of many found in Buddhist temples.
“This robot will never die, it will just keep updating itself and evolving,” said priest and chief steward of the temple Tensho Goto to 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.”
“Many Buddhist statues have been made, but they were all just Buddhist images, standing or sitting figures,” said Goto. “I wanted to create a Buddhist statue which can speak, make eye contact, and answer questions, so that people can feel closer to it.”
But Goto says that criticism from foreigners could be derived from them being influenced by the Bible, and that unlike Westerners, “Japanese people don’t possess any prejudices against robots.”
“Japanese people don’t possess any prejudices against robots,” added Goto. “We were brought up on comics where robots are our friends.”
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