A new humanoid robot is offering lessons in Buddhist teachings, and delivering sermons in Buddhist philosophy, at the Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, through May 6.
The robot was built by a team from Osaka University led by famed roboticist Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro. Ishiguro is best known for his humanoid robots and androids that creepily resemble humans. His robots can interact with people and even be hired as TV news anchors.
Xian’er the robot could answer 20 simple questions about Buddhism and daily life at the 500-year-old temple.
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