Meet the Buddhist Robot That Gives Sermons at an Ancient Japanese Temple

first_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 Stay on target A 400-year-old Japanese temple just tapped an AI monk to attract young worshipers: Meet Android Kannon, a Buddhist robot that delivers religious teachings in multiple languages.The $900,560 robot, which was a collaboration between Kyoto’s Kodaiji temple and Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University intelligent robotics professor, provided its first sermon at the religious landmark on Feb. 23, The Daily Mail reported.Android Kannon stands at 77 inches and weighs 132 pounds. Its head, neck, shoulders, and hands are covered in a silicone material that looks like skin. In its left eye, there’s a video camera that enables it to “make eye contact” and focus on its subject. The AI monk’s pre-programmed sermons come from the Heart Sutras in Japanese, and the robot can translate verses into Chinese and English as well.“Buddhism saw a phenomenal spread in the world with the emergence of Buddhist images,” Tensho Goto, a priest at the temple in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward, told The Asahi Shimbun. “We are hoping that the Android Kannon will help Buddhist teachings reach the hearts of people today.”Android Kannon will be an “AI preacher” at Kyoto’s Kodaiji temple from March 8 to May 6.More on Geek.com:This Robot Museum Plans to ‘Construct Itself’ in SeoulSphero RVR Is a Hackable Robot TankThis Weird Robot Can Fold Your Laundry at a Snail’s Pacelast_img

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