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A 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, is the use of a $1 million opening in order to reach a younger generation, but the foreigners have been knocked out by it.
The Kodaji the Temple, in partnership with the robotics team from Osaka University unveiled the “Mindar” earlier this year. It is a 6-metre-tall android made of materials such as silicon and aluminum, and is modeled after Kannon, the Buddhist deity of mercy, and that is to preach what is referred to as the “Heart Sutra” in Japanese, with English and Chinese translations will be projected on a screen in front of the tourists.
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Artificial intelligence has developed to such an extent that we thought it made sense for the Buddha to change into a robot,” Tensho Goto, the chief steward of the temple, told AFP. “It is clear that the machine doesn’t have a soul, but the Buddhist faith is not about believing in God. It’s about following the Buddha’s path, and, therefore, it does not matter whether it is represented by a machine with a scrap of iron, or of a tree or something.”
The use of Goto, this is a self-proclaimed “fuddy-duddy” the priest is of the opinion that the robot will reach the younger generation, to help overcome the pain and the relief of suffering, the goal of the Buddhist religion.
“It is in order to be able to save someone who is asking for help,” Goto added. “In the modern society different kinds of stress, but hasn’t really changed for more than 2,000 years old.”
After three months of worshipping in the temple of the engine, and Osaka University were interviewed about their experiences and the many, many Japanese adherents gave them a positive interaction.
“I could feel the heat, you would not have the feeling of being in a normal machine,” said one of them.
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Another temple-goer added: “In the beginning, it felt a little awkward, but the android version was easy to follow. It made me think deeply about what is good and evil.”
Foreigners, however, were knocked out by it.
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“It could be the influence of the Bible, but to the Westerners, as opposed to the Frankenstein’s monster,” Goto added. “The japanese people don’t have any prejudice against the robots. We have been brought up on the story, where robots are our friends. Westerners are changing the way they think about it.”