Playing god: Japan temple puts faith in robot priest

Playing god: Japan temple puts faith in robot priest

by Charly Triballeau, MSN News

A 400-year-old temple in Japan is 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, 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.

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