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Robot monk promotes Buddhism using technology

Postby phaseolus on Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:55 pm

The 60 cm tall Xian’er can chant Buddhist mantras, can hold a conversation on the Buddhist topics displayed on his screen, and can move, responding to voice command.

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Xian’er appears regularly on social media, and has more than 300,000 followers on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. He has also made appearances at robotics and innovation fairs in China including the World Robotics Exhibition in Beijing, but only rarely appears in the Longquan temple. Instead, they say, Xian’er spends most of his time meditating on a shelf in an office.


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Re: Robot monk promotes Buddhism using technology

Postby macdougdoug on Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:04 pm

:lol2: robots just do everything better. I had heard of an electric monk who was very good at believing stuff; in fact you could tell it what to believe, and he would believe stuff for you; leaving you to get on with whatever else you wanted to do.
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Re: Robot monk promotes Buddhism using technology

Postby desert_woodworker on Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:27 am

I'll take this development lightly, with a light heart. ;)

But, unfortunately (?), robots do not suffer. Therefore, their presentation of Buddhist teaching is bound to be "by rote", not by genuine compassion (and certainly, not informed by the arising of true Wisdom).

Dalai Lama says that Buddhism passes from one warm hand to another. One doesn't have to be a Luddite to agree with that.

Oops, there went the lightness? :tongueincheek:

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p.s. maybe in PRC it's more politically (legally... ) acceptable for a machine to spread Buddhist teachings than for a person to try to do so, though. I don't keep close track of China's changing ways.
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Re: Robot monk promotes Buddhism using technology

Postby Linda Anderson on Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:00 am

Best we realize that this is not about robots in steel. Sounds like a modern Wizard of Oz to me.
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Re: Robot monk promotes Buddhism using technology

Postby fukasetsu on Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:29 am

desert_woodworker wrote:But, unfortunately (?), robots do not suffer.


Well unless one of the robots is sentient and self-aware :PP:

"Humans" nice serie.
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Re: Robot monk promotes Buddhism using technology

Postby fukasetsu on Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:32 am

macdougdoug wrote::lol2: robots just do everything better. I had heard of an electric monk who was very good at believing stuff; in fact you could tell it what to believe, and he would believe stuff for you; leaving you to get on with whatever else you wanted to do.


I'd like a robot who drinks, smokes, scratches his private parts, let humans do all the work and uses profanity all day.

Kind of like the parrot I never had :lol2:
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