Robot Monk in China Shows Marriage of Artificial Intelligence & Buddhism

Vittorio Hernandez | Apr 28, 2016 10:27 AM EDT Xian’er, the Robot Monk (Photo : YouTube) The world going crazy over smartphone and other high-tech devices does not mean that spirituality has no more place in the hearts and lives of people. To disprove that, a Buddhist temple outside Beijing developed Xian’er, a monk robot that could recite mantras and explain the basics of Buddhism. The two-foot-high robot, powered by artificial intelligence (AI), has a shaved head and wears a saffron robe like traditional Buddhist monks, reported The Guardian. Like Us on Facebook A touchscreen on the chest of the robot monk, found at the 500-year-old Longquan Temple, provides answers to 20 simple questions about the Buddhist faith and daily life at the temple. Among the questions is “What is…


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