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A robot is preaching Buddhist wisdom to worshippers at a temple in Japan — but some visitors think it looks like "Frankenstein's monster."
The humanoid robot, or android, started reciting Buddhist writings to worshippers at the 400-year-old Kodai-ji temple in Kyoto earlier this year.
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It combines a robotic body of moving metal parts — looking a bit like the T-800 in the movie "Terminator" — with a face, hands and shoulders of flexible silicone. The android is meant to represent Kannon: a bodhisattva, or archetypical Buddhist deity, who embodies mercy.
The human monks at the temple say the robot bodhisattva will grow ever more "wise."
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"This robot will never die, it will just keep updating itself and evolving," head monk Tensho Goto told AFP. "That's the beauty of a robot. It can store knowledge forever and limitlessly."
The temple robot recites passages from the Heart Sutra, one of Buddhism's most well-known scriptures. "You cling to a sense of selfish ego," it preaches to worshippers. "Worldly desires are nothing other than a mind lost at sea."
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The robotic Kannon has cost almost $1 million to develop, in a project undertaken by the temple and Hiroshi Ishiguro, a robotics professor at Osaka University.
The machinery that moves its head and arms is plainly visible,...
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